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51st anniversary of Ostankino Television Tower

The 540-m tall Ostankino Television Tower came into operation on 5 November 1967 and is currently used to broadcast over 40 television and radio channels.

For 24 hours starting as of midnight on 5 November, video graphics cards will be beamed off the structure’s media façades on the occasion of the tower’s 51st anniversary. This colourful event will be visible from afar.

Anyone visiting the television tower on 5 November will be able to attend over a dozen tours and will look at the cityscape from a height of 337m. Such gatherings usually cost 3,000 roubles, but on 5 November they will be available upon the presentation of a tower ticket, which costs only 700 roubles in the morning but 1,100 roubles at night. Groups can comprise up to 20 people. Guides will meet and greet them at the entrance on the ground floor.

    “On the occasion of the Ostankino Television Tower’s 51st anniversary we would like people to be joyful and remind them about this wonderful city landmark,” said a representative of the PR and media department of the Moscow Regional Centre of the Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRS).

The guides will tell people about the tower and also point out Moscow’s other landmarks such as the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, VDNKh, the main building of Moscow State University, the Moscow City Business Centre plus many other notable sights. Using multimedia devices in the tower’s interactive sections, visitors will learn that the tower can dance and that the function of the tower’s “tree frog” systems depends on atmospheric pressure. A tour of the multimedia complex includes a story about Moscow’s tallest weather station mounted on the Ostankino Tower. Those taking part in the tour will get to know the fact that 21 special weather devices, which some people confuse with broadcast antennas, work around the clock to monitor wind speed and direction.

The Ostankino Television Tower officially opened on 5 November 1967. The 540-m tall tower was designed by outstanding Russian engineer Nikolai Nikitin. The mammoth task involved over 10,000 engineers, installation fitters and other professionals. The cutting-edge technology designed especially for the job was later used during other major projects.

For nine years after it had been unveiled, the Ostankino Tower was considered the world’s tallest television tower. It ceded this honorary title to the 553-m tall CN Tower that came to life in Toronto in 1976. The Ostankino Television Tower offers daily tours of the interactive multimedia centre, the viewing point at a height of 337m and the 85th technical floor, where visitors can learn about the inner structure of the tower. The Ostankino Television Tower is used to broadcast over 40 television and radio channels.

51st anniversary of Ostankino Television Tower