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Baku TV tower – unusual photo

28 Nov

Roaming the net, I accidentally found a very unique photo of Baku’s TV tower. Not that the picture is a “wow”, but still hands down to the photographer. The Baku TV Tower, built in 1996, is a free standing concrete telecommunications tower in Baku, Azerbaijan. It has a height of 310 metres (1017 ft). The tower has become one of the most prominent trademarks of Baku, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city.

The TV tower was designed on the basis of the decision of the Council of Ministers of the USSR after the order from the Ministry of Communications of Azerbaijan State Institute of the Ministry of Communications of the USSR. Construction work began in 1979 and according to the project construction plan it should have been completed in 1985.

After the return of Heydar Aliyev to power in 1993, the construction of the tower was continued, and in 1996 with his participation, the official opening ceremony of the complex was carried. Reportedly, a rotating restaurant on the 62th floor (175 metres) of Azeri TV Tower was opened in 2008.

Occasionally, Baku TV Tower’s lighting is changed to specific, unique arrangements for special events. Some annual events are cause for the tower to be specially lit. Such as alternating sections of the tower were lit to blue, red and green like in traditional Azerbaijani Flag to help celebrate the national holidays.


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Posted by on November 28, 2010 in Azerbaijan-Photo, Interesting

 

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