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The Europaturm (or "European Tower") is a 337.5 meter high telecommunications tower in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Because it is the only broadcast tower in Frankfurt, it is sometimes referred to as the "Frankfurt TV Tower." Download high resolution version (600x899, 132 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (600x899, 132 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Frankfurt am Main [ˈfraŋkfʊrt] is the largest city in the German state of Hessen and the fifth largest city of Germany. ...

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History

Designed by architect Erwin Heinle, the tower's construction began in 1974. At its completion five years later, it became the tallest free-standing structure in the Federal Republic of Germany at 331 meters. Even without the height of the antenna at its top, the building still is over 295 meters high, which still makes it Germany's tallest structure. Its base, at 59 meters thick, is the widest of any similar structure in the world.


The top of the tower can turn and provides a panoramic view of the Rhine Main area. For a number of years, the upper part of the structure housed a restaurant and discotheque, but since 1999, the Europaturm has been closed to the public.


In September, 2004, the antenna at the top of the tower was replaced, increasing the total height to 337.5 meters. The six-ton antenna was lifted to the top in two parts by helicopter.


The tower's height is roughly equal to that of the Eiffel tower in Paris, which stands approximately 300 meters tall, less its 24-meter television antenna. The Eiffel Tower (French: la Tour Eiffel) is a metallic tower built on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France, and is nowadays the most famous landmark and symbol of Paris. ... The Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of Paris throughout the world. ...


Broadcast Capability

With the new antenna, the tower became capable of broadcasting high-definition digital television signals using the DVB-T standard (which is the European counterpart to the ATSC digital standard used in the United States). It is capable of broadcasting four channels per transmitter, for a total of twenty-four channels, at 100 kilowatts per channel. DVB, short for Digital Video Broadcasting, is a suite of internationally accepted, open standards for digital television maintained by the DVB Project, an industry consortium with more than 300 members, and published by a Joint Technical Committee (JTC) of European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC... The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) is the group that helped to develop the new digital television standard for the United States, also adopted by Canada, Mexico and South Korea and being considered by other countries. ...


It is capable of receiving satellite broadcasts and redistributing them via cable or terrestrial broadcasts.


Other Facts

The tower is owned and operated by T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. At night, it is illuminated with magenta lighting, the company's corporate colors. DTAG corporate headquartiers, Bonn The Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) (abbreviated DTAG) is the biggest German telecommunications company. ... This article is about the dye color magenta. ...


Among Frankfurt's residents, the tower is colloquially known as the Ginnheimer Spargel (Ginnheimer Asparagus) from the area of Frankfurth in which it is located and from its shape, which is seen by some to resemble an asparagus. Binomial name Asparagus officinalis Asparagus is also the name of the genus of plants including the vegetable. ...


Weblinks

  • http://www.structurae.net/structures/data/index.cfm?ID=s0000114

See Also: List of towers Olympiaturm Towers by height Tehrans Milad Tower is the worlds fourth tallest free standing structure at 435 m. ...


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Europaturm at AllExperts (443 words)
The Europaturm ("Tower of Europe") is a 337.5 meter high telecommunications tower in Frankfurt am Main in Germany.
Habitants call it "Ginnemer Spaschel" (dialect of Hesse for "Asparagus of Ginnheim" and accurately related to as "Ginnheimer Spargel" in High German), because it's part of Ginnheim, a district of the City.
For a number of years, the upper part of the structure housed a restaurant and discotheque, but since 1999, the Europaturm has been closed to the public.
Europaturm at AllExperts (443 words)
The Europaturm ("Tower of Europe") is a 337.5 meter high telecommunications tower in Frankfurt am Main in Germany.
Habitants call it "Ginnemer Spaschel" (dialect of Hesse for "Asparagus of Ginnheim" and accurately related to as "Ginnheimer Spargel" in High German), because it's part of Ginnheim, a district of the City.
For a number of years, the upper part of the structure housed a restaurant and discotheque, but since 1999, the Europaturm has been closed to the public.
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