Check Out the 'Eiffel Tower of the East' Before Russia Swings a Wrecking Ball
April 17, 2014 at 9:14 AM
If you haven’t yet heard of the Shukhov Tower, now’s a good time to check it out (at least on Wikipedia), as it might not be around much longer. The funky landmark is a radio tower over in Russia, and some have even called it the country’s version of the Eiffel Tower. We wouldn’t go that far, but there are preservationists eager to keep it hanging around for future generations.
The thing rises 525-feet into the Soviet sky, but structurally it's a little shaky and needs to come down sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, the aforementioned preservationists cite the symbolism of the tower as it relates to Russia’s history and past advances in telecommunications.
Those looking to keep it standing have already written President Vladimir Putin in hopes of saving the structure, but their best hope for a response will come from the country’s State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting.
We certainly think the tower is snazzy in its own way, and if it can be saved—sure, why not? However, if you’re visiting Moscow anytime soon you might want to swing by and check it out before it's too late.