towers around the world.

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  1. marcwint55

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    I'm curious about observation towers around the world. I'm presently in Kyoto, Japan which has a tower built 40 years ago for the commemoration of 1.3 million citizens.

    Last week I went the to Tokyo tower which somewhat resembles the Eiffel Tower and also the new tower in Tokyo called the Tokyo Skytree. It is now the tallest tower in the world.

    I have also been to the Seattle Space Needle and the Eiffel Tower.

    I would love to see posts about other towers in the world.
     
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    Well, there is Stratosphere in Las Vegas, which has the Big Shot, a roller coaster, and a little car that tips over the side so you can look waaaaaaay down. Then there is the CN tower in Toronto with the glass floor. Both are great for people like me with a fear of heights!
     
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    I visted the Tokyo Tower in '06 but the views sucked because wind storms had brought in desert sands from China. I've had the pleasure of visiting the Space Needle on a couple of incredible days in Seattle. Really beautiful if you catch the weather right!
     
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    sad to say I actually forgot about the stratosphere
     
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    How can we discuss towers without the Eiffel? Newly refurbished and stuffed with tourists seeking champagne. I have never actually been up on it, but have often thought of doing so sometime when I'm in Paris. I pass it often and admire it. BTW, it was also the site of the first powered flight, done by Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1901 winning the Deutsche Prize for flying non-stop from Saint-Cloud to the Eiffel Tower and return in a dirigible.
     
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    I went up the Eiffel Tower twice, the first during our fat-tire bike tour of Paris, and the second when I proposed to my wife under the full (though slightly cloudy) moon. :D
     
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    The Kuala Lampur Tower has a revolving restaurant at the top.

    We have a revolving restaurant in a building here in Columbia, SC, for which the revolving mechanism was brought from the 1964/65 NY World's Fair. The 91-foot diameter restaurant is powered by a 3/4 horsepower motor.
     
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    Wow, I must come to Columbia to see that. I did not know. How's the restaurant?
    I have been at the KL one twice but I do not recommend the food, just the views.
     
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    The CN tower, which stood as the tallest free-standing structure for over 3 decades also has a revolving restaurant at its platform (which I think is third highest off the ground). They added an Edgewalk for those who want to step outside onto the platforms 'roof' 1116 stories up! :eek:
     
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    where is it?
     
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    oops, sorry, Toronto
     
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    Ah.

    The University of Texas Tower

    Tower of the Americas

    Square Tower Group

    The Eiffel Tower in Lost Wages

    Pisa Tower (it leans :eek:)
     
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    I've visited the real Eiffel tower in Paris (walked up twice), the fake Eiffel tower in Vegas, the Stratosphere tower, and the Tokyo tower.
     
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    Definitions are an issue, but the tallest man-made structure above ground is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, even taller than the CN tower. By any definition this is one spectacular building/tower.
     
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    Not a tower, per se, but a high observation locale of the world we live in, fun to get to, and a thrill by all measures: Piz Gloria
     
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    Visited Taipei 101 in 2007 which has one heck of a speedy elevator taking us up.
     
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    We visited incl. but not all...

    Taipei 101 Taiwan
    KL Tower Kuala Lumpur
    Petronas Towers [ connecting viewing bridge ]
    Swissotel The Stamford Singapore [ views from the 73rd floor ]
    Main Tower in Frankfurt / M. [ 50th floor / outdoor observation deck ]
    Burj Khalifa in Dubai [ At the Top = 124th floor ]
    Tokyo Metropolitan Government building [ North tower 43rd floor ]
    Mori Tower Tokyo [ Roppongi = 50th floor ]
    Nicosia Observatory [ 11th floor ] in Cyprus with views into Northern Cyprus
    The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong [ 103rd floor lobby ]
    Edificio Italia Sao Paulo [ top floor with roof top bar ]
    Baiyoke Tower 2 Bangkok [ 84th floor observatory deck ]
    The Palace of Culture and Science Warsaw [ 30th floor Observation deck for 360C views over the Polish capital ]
     
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    Wait, do tall buildings count, too?
     
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    Then there the White Tower in Thessaloniki. Symbolic, famous, but not so tall. Also not white.
     
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    Owned by the University of South Carolina, it's at the top of the 18-story Capstone building -- a dormitory building. I think that it is currently open only for Friday BBQ lunch, Sunday brunch, and special events.

    http://sc.edu/dining/TopofCarolinaBrunchMenu.htm
    http://www.thecolumbiastar.com/news...arolina_celebrates_opening_with_new_chef.html

    I haven't been there in years.
     
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    I have enjoyed the Black Tower in my youth - oh wait that was a wine - never mind! :rolleyes:
     
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    Might as well mention the Washington Monument.

    Some cathedral towers and domes are also open as observation points. A few that I recall going up in include La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the cathedrals in Sevilla and Florence.

    Along the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there is an observation tower at the top of the park's highest mountain. Clingmans Dome is 6,643 feet above sea level -- the 3rd highest point east of the Missisissippi. (The highest point is 41 feet higher.)
     
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    Chinese cities seem partial to 20th century (as opposed to drum/bell/pagodas) towers too, if my travels haven't deceived me. Shenyang, Suzhou (http://buildingmybento.wordpress.com/tag/江苏/; looks Tokyo Tower-esque), Guangzhou (a much more recent one)...
     
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    Tower of Terror :eek:
     
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