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Žižkov Television Tower – Prague – Czech Republic


During the communist regime a number of ambitious architectural projects were undertaken in many parts of Eastern Europe. The Žižkov Television Tower which stands in the Žižkov district of Prague in the Czech Republic is both a famous and an infamous building of that era. The construction of this transmitting tower took place between 1985 and 1992 and is currently the tallest building of Prague.

The Žižkov Television Tower is built on a hill and was designed by Vaclav Aulicky. The structure of the tower was engineered by Jiri Kozak and its total height mounts up to 216 metres. The design of the Žižkov Television Tower involves three cylindrical posts in which one is taller than the other two. On these three towers are three observation decks and nine pod like constructions amongst which three are located just below the observation decks. Because the observation decks and the three pods contain technical equipments, it is only this part which is kept away from public access and the rest of the tower is open for public. The total weight of the Žižkov Television Tower is known to be about 12 thousand tonnes.


The reason that the Žižkov Television Tower became famous amongst people of Prague was that it helped in the TV and Radio transmissions and broadcasts. On the other hand there were rumours that its construction caused harm to some parts of the Jewish cemetery which was located close to it and it also emitted carcinogenic waves in the neighbouring areas. However, with time while the negative feelings against the Žižkov Television Tower has come down the positives have increased as it now caters to the mobile networks, the emergency radio networks and other important communication domains of Prague.


Inside the Žižkov Television Tower the observatory which is open for public is located at a height of 100 metres and gives a beautiful view of the city of Prague. It is also used by authorities as a meteorological observatory. In addition, there is a restaurant and a cafe bar which have extremely speedy elevators to take people up the heights. In the recent time, the Žižkov Television Tower was adorned by the work of David Cerny who created some 10 crawling toddlers who climbed up and down the towers thus creating much attraction for the tourists.


The recent most renovation project on the Žižkov Television Tower happened in 2012 and 2013 and under this initiative while the many parts of the tower have got covered with glass and the observatory too has been improvised to give a 360 degree view of the city, the best part of the initiative has been the creation of the One Room Hotel which is proclaimed as the smallest hotel of Czech Republic. It contains only one suit with a grand bedroom and bath tub from which the visitor can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city.

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