Up close view of the Kiev TV
Kiev TV Tower ( ) is a 385-meter (1,263-foot)
tower built in 1973 in Kiev, Ukraine, for
radio and television
The upper part of the Kiev TV
It is the tallest
freestanding lattice steel construction in the world. The tower is
not open to the public.
Construction began in 1968 and finished in 1973. Made of steel pipe
of various diameters
and thicknesses, the
structure weighs 2,700 metric tons
central pipe, or core, where the elevator
is located, is 4 meters in diameter and made of pipe that is 12 mm
thick. It sits on a four-legged base that is about 100 meters tall.
Atop the base is an enclosed level which houses microwave
transmitting and receiving equipment. At
about 200 meters is a second enclosed level that houses television
and FM transmitters, as well as a control and maintenance shop.
This second level is the elevator's terminus.
The tower is unique in that no mechanical fasteners are used in the
structure: every joint, pipe and fixture is attached by welding
was first designed for Moscow, then the
Soviet capital. But Moscow authorities preferred a more
"solid" type of tower which was eventually built (see Ostankino Tower).
Later, when Kiev needed its own tower, the
project was reintroduced. The Soviet government ordered the
engineers to shorten the tower by almost 30%, so as not to be as
tall as the Moscow one.
- Kiev TV Tower at Emporis Buildings database.
- В. Стах, "Викрадачі спокою наших осель", Україна
Молода, #191, 14.10.2005 (in Ukrainian)
- І. Мащенко, "Гулівери земних споруд", Zerkalo Nedeli, #16
(340) 21-27.04.2001 (in Ukrainian)