Prague Towers (11) – Žižkov TV Tower

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Žižkov Tower from bellow

Žižkov’s TV tower is the highest building in Prague. It is 707 ft (216 m) high and it was built in 1985 – 1992 according to the design of architect Václav Aulický. You can find it on the Prague horizon from almost any view point 🙂 and when you go for visit, it is located at the border of Prague quarters Žižkov and Vinohrady. Construction consists of 3 cylinder steel tubes, together they reach the height 440 ft (134 m). The main tube with two fast lifts continues as an aerial that is 707 ft high.

Tubes carry three cabins each. There is a restaurant at the height 217 ft (66 m) and view point at 93 ft (305 m). The highest cabin is the broadcaster for 11 TV and 8 radio programmes.

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View around, don’t miss Prague Castle on top right shot

Building of the tower brought lot of disputations, because of the proximity to Jewish cemetery and the threat of etherial burden of its surroundings, but special committee approved the construction. The technical solution of construction brought few new technologies and patents. Except the broadcast you can find there the transmitters for phone operators and the quality of Prague air is measured there.

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At the view and going up with the lift

Babies, the art work of David Černý, were added to the tower in 2000, movie scenes from some Czech movies were shoot here.

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The golden line in the middle is the bridge over Nusle valley

Žižkov tower is the second most ugly construction in the world according to VirtualTourist.com (the first one is Baltimore Theatre), but inhabitants of Prague got used to the tower and according to my own opinion and experience, we like it :-).

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Enjoyable stay at the coffee with a view

Tower was reconstructed in 2011 – 2012, you can find a luxurious hotel suite there with a beautiful view. Changes were done also to the surrounding area and I recommend the visit of the tower.

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Plečnik Sacre Coer church top left, jewish cemetery bottom right, and many others roofs and views from the tower

The whole series to be found here

1 Introduction
2 Bell Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral
3 Petřín Watchtower
4 St. Nicholas Bellfry
5 Little Quarter’s Bridge Tower
6 Old Town’s Bridge Tower
7 Astronomical Klementinum Tower
8 Tower of the Old Town Townhall
9 Powder Tower
10 St. Henry’s Tower
11 Žižkov Tower

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. combs2jc
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 15:10:35

    I anew to your blog and I looked through your past posts. The photographs of Prague are beautiful. I always had Prague on my list of cities to visit, but your photographs have made me decide to move it up higher on the list.
    Thank you.

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  2. annetbell
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 15:56:52

    Cool, post. I am much more interested in old Prague, but it was neat to see this! Keep up the good work. Prague should be near the top of anyone’s list who loves to travel!

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  3. Waywardspirit
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 17:04:40

    What a tower!
    Never seen the likes.
    A gift. Thank you!

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  4. viveka
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 18:26:21

    Next time I will get that view of your city too .. didn’t know there was a cafe up there, but it makes sense. Are you going to do a post about the dancing house too – Tančící dům?? I love that wired and modern building.

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  5. 1annecasey
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 23:43:01

    Great pic of the tower. And oooh that coffee looks gooood!

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  6. teddytom4u
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 00:23:30

    bezvadne!

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  7. hitchy
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 04:59:08

    You live in a very beautiful place 🙂

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  8. dadirri7
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 09:54:58

    wonderful photos katy, thanks so much for the views and story of the tower … christine

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  9. elPadawan
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 16:02:06

    Nice. I only saw it from the outside… By the way, if you want a close up of the crawling babies, I’ve posted some here: http://elpadawan.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/crawling-babies-bebes-rampants/

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  10. Island Traveler
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 10:15:43

    Breathtaking view from the top.

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  11. Amy
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 18:43:56

    Beautiful Prague! Thank you for the post, Katy!

    Reply

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