The Ostankino TV tower was named after the area in which it was built. Created in 1968, it is 540 meters high (antenna included). It is the third highest free-standing tower in the world. It was designed by Russian architect-engineer and Soviet scholar Nikolai Nikitkin.
The 337 meters high observation platform enables visitors to enjoy a vast panoramic view of Moscow and its surroundings. When the weather is clear, it is possible to see as far as 60 km. Five lifts carry visitors to the platform in 58 seconds.
In 2000 there was a fire in the tower. Since then the restaurant “the Seventh Heaven” that was made of three floors between 328 and 334 meters high hasn’t reopened.
Excursions in the Ostankino Tower are carried in groups of thirty people and last one hour. Tickets are available in a hundred and twenty selling points in Moscow.
Since it opened to the public, the tower received no less than 10 million visitors.