Torre de Collserola, Barcelona

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Torre de Collserola is a uniquely designed tower located on the Tibidabo hill in the Serra de Collserola, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by the architect Sir Norman Foster and by the Spanish civil engineers Julio Martínez Calzón and Manuel Julià Vilardell. This emblematic tower was built in 1991 by the construction company Cubiertas y MZOV S.A. for the 1992 Summer Olympics. It features a pod for floor space like many towers but uses guy wires for lateral support like a mast. Mainly used as a TV and radio transmitter, this futuristic design provides the highest viewpoint over the city. The top antenna reaches 288.4 m (946 ft) and the top of the pod, which has thirteen floors, reaches 152 m (499 ft). The highest point of this tower is actually the highest place you could be in the city of Barcelona.The tenth floor of the pod is open to the public.EventsThe tower has a space for event organisations, composed by a reception room and an observation desk set 560 metres above sea level.ConstructionThe tower has a hollow slip-formed, reinforced concrete main shaft of only 4.5 m diameter, which reduces to a mere 3 m to hold a radio mast which telescopes from 2.7 m to 0.7 m. The thirteen floors are surrounded by a perimeter of open stainless steel grilles and suspended from the shaft by three primary vertical steel trusses.The total weight of the tower is 3,000 tons.A large number of cables keep the tower upright:The lower guys are composed three series of 180 parallel strand cables (15 mm diameter) made from pre-tensioned high-strength steel with a polyethylene covering, each;The upper guys are made of three series of 7 aramid fibre cables in parallel (56 mm diameter), each terminated with a resin socket. The three upper cables have a combined breaking strength of 4,200 tons.
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  • The Torre de Collserola is a telecommunications tower on the outskirts of the city that offers great views of the city. It is not essential, but it is very very good.
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  • Little add: go up, head to your roof and enjoy! Place can't think of us better to see the city in its entirety. And, surprise, on very clear days you can even see the profile of the island of Mallorca.
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  • If you have the opportunity do not miss visit this architectural Pearl of the Sr Norman Foster, telecommunications tower 288 m in height built for the Olympic Games in Barcelona. It offers a vantage point that offers spectacular views of my beloved Barcelona. Totally recommended. Not suitable if you suffer from vertigo.
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  • Look to the website for opening hour (during Winter is close). If it is windy they close the tower.
  • I had too many expectations... I prefer the tower communication view from the access road, awesome!
  • best panoramic views of Barcelona city....
  • To see Barcelona from the height of this tower was our main objective of getting to the top of Tibidabo Mountain, and it´s definitely worth it. The views are really breath taking; though people with height fear might not enjoy that much a visit to the tower.
  • Beautiful place in Barcelona. Great for walking.
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