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Towers along the town wall along Laboratooriumi
View over the old Tallinn into to skyscapers around Narva maantee
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Description of the photograph
Title: View over the Tallinn Bay to the Tallinna Teletorn
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On Pikk Jalg, descending form Toompea (Upper City), Tallinn, Estonia.


The Tallinn TV Tower (Tallinna teletorn) is a free-standing structure with an observation deck, built to provide better telecommunication services for the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics regatta event (see Sailing at the 1980 Summer Olympics). It is located near Pirita, six km north-east of the Tallinn city center. The tower has a specified height of 314 m. The building is administered by the public company Levira (formerly Estonian Broadcasting Transmission Center Ltd) and is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.

The tower was designed by architects David Baziladze and Juri Sinis. The cornerstone was laid on 30 September 1975, and the building was inaugurated 11 July 1980 (although the first transmission took place in 1979). The tower body was constructed of reinforced concrete rings 50 cm thick that weigh a total of 17000 tons, and the total tower weight is approximately 20000 tons. The tower survived a fire during the construction stage.

The observation deck on the 21st floor, originally designed to have a rotating section, is located 170 m above ground, and has a diameter of 38 m. The Tower has been closed to the public since 26 November 2007 for renovation and should reopen 2011. The tower is described as having a 1980s Soviet feel and a restaurant is located on the observation floor. Bullet holes dating from the Soviet coup attempt of 1991 are still visible at the base of the tower.

Behind the obelisk of the Maarjamäe Memorial are silos of the Port of Muuga.

The big ferry berthed in the Port of Tallinn (Tallinna Sadam).

Keywords: sea, boat, tower, city, roof
Image data
Image sizes: 3301*1707px, 1658kb
Origin: Originally a digital image, with postprocessing
Date/Time: 20101007-150810
Camera: Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Iso: 100
Speed: 1/125s
Aperture: F7.1
Focal length: 85.0mm
Aperture: 136mm
Position coordinates:WGS84 LONG 24.7412860394°, LAT 59.4364700749°
Destination coordinates;WGS84 LONG 24.8875°, LAT 59.471206° (Tallinna teletorn)
Air-line distance:
Author: Alexandra Medwedeff
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