The Tallest Abandoned Structures on Earth

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Image: via English Russia

Today, we’re going to do some urban exploring as we’re searching for the tallest abandoned structures around the world. We’re going to visit Russia, North Korea, the US and Poland on our quest for the rustiest. Once found, we’re going to climb the towers and buildings, so make sure you leave your vertigo behind…


Image: via English Russia

1. Ostankino Tower, Moscow – 540 m (1772 ft)

The Ostankino Tower in all its glory…

The Ostankino Tower was completed in 1967 to mark the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution. It was the first free-standing structure to exceed 500 m (1640 ft) and held that title for nine years until it was surpassed by the CN Tower in Toronto in 1976. The Ostankino Tower is named after the Moscow district in which it is located.

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Image: Image: Elke Wetzig

The Ostankino Towerduring the fire in 2000…

It served telecommunication, observation and tourism purposes until it caught fire in August of 2000, when most of the tower’s interior was destroyed.

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