Ostankino tower is one of the most notable TV towers there is. It was built in 1967, and today it is the third highest building in the world!
Its height is 540 meters, making it a perfect place for base jumpers. They gather in Ostankino several times a year to perform their daredevil stunts.
This tower was a pride of Soviet architecture. The authors received a prestigious Lenin Award in 1970 for the innovative design - and they certainly deserved it!
One of the tower's distinctive features is a very shallow foundation. The building practically stands on the ground! Why doesn't it fall? Simple - the basis won't let it.
Its mass and square are sufficient to support the rest of the structure. Plus, there are ten cables that tie the Ostankino tower to the ground.
That doesn't sound like much, but in reality such design provides great stability.
Ostankino tower is the pride of Moscow. The fire of 2000 was a tragedy for Muscovites - city's main symbol was in danger! In fact, people cared more about the tower than the interrupted TV broadcasts!
The famous Ostankino TV tower
(by Andrey Belenko)
The famous Ostankino TV tower
Ostankino withstood the test. It was fully restored within a year and today, nothing reminds about the incident.
In fact, the government wants to make the TV tower even higher! In that case, Ostankino tower will again be the tallest one in the world.
But enough with facts. Now it's time for some action!
The elevator will get you to the observation deck 350 meters above the ground. If the skies are clear, you will see entire Moscow!
Spyglasses and binoculars will help you see everything to the smallest detail. There are plenty of them on the deck, but don't peep!
By the way, part of the floor is made of glass. Dare to step on it?
Got hungry from all the excitement? There is a restaurant right under the observation deck, called "The Seventh Haven" (Sed'moye Nebo). Its slow rotation allows you to see Moscow through the glass walls while enjoying your meal.
Don't be in a hurry to leave. There is a very nice pond some 10 minutes away. It's right next to Ostankino TV station. Feed the ducks, sit on the grass, or just walk around slowly, enjoying this nice place.
The beautiful Trinity Church sits right next to the pond. It'll be a proud member of your photo collection!
After you're done, be sure to visit the the Museum Estate Ostankino.
It was built by the count Nikolai Sheremetyev, who was famous for his liberal views.
You'll be blown away by the splendor and beauty of the decor. And yet, this is precisely how the Russian nobility lived!
Nikolai Sheremetyev was famous for his serf theater, which was the biggest and best one in Russia. He even married one of the actresses, Praskov'ya Kovaleva.
Now that was not very common to say the least! Walk around, take photos, and let the manor tell you its fascinating story.
Take your time - haste makes waste! Tired? There is a large botanic garden right next to the estate. It's a great place to rest after the long day you've had.
My family lived in Ostankino for several years, and we've escaped to the garden's quiet alleys nearly every weekend.
I love Ostankino district. It's spacious, pleasant, and there are plenty of sights around. You'll never get bored.
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