Reaching for the sky
It was constructed to mark the
The Ostankino Tower in Moscow is a free-standing television and radio tower in Moscow, 1772 ft tall. It was constructed to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the October Revolution, an event that changed the world, regardless of how it was started and by whom.
The Ostankino Tower reigned as the second-tallest freestanding structure in the world for 31 years, until the Burj Khalifa and the CN Tower surpassed both it. It is currently the tallest structure in Europe and 4th tallest in the world.
The tower represents the spirit of achievement and hope of a nation that stood tall - a nation that has suffered immensely but was never defeated, a small nation in a giant land that had held its own against all the powers of world, and had kept its freedom and struggles to continue to do so.
The tower is named after the Ostankino district of Moscow in which it is located. Its construction of began in 1963, and was completed in 1967. It surpassed the Empire State Building to become the tallest free-standing structure in the world, until nine years later, it was superceded by the CN in Toronto, Canada, in 1976, which surpassed its height by 43 feet.
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