Rising 375m above the city, Tashkent's TV Tower is the tallest structure in central Asia. It took six years to complete, starting in 1979, and was, until 1991, the third-highest tower in the world. The architects responsible, D Semashko and N Terziev-Tzarukova, were tasked with coming up with a design capable of withstanding earthquakes up to 9.0 on the Richter scale, and their solution was the lattice-style trunk supported by three inclined slips, which ensure the building's steadiness and give an impression of lightness. Engineers Morozov and Musheev decorated the tower. The tower’s foyer was decorated with mosaic panels of semi-precious stones, marble and metal in the style of Florentine and Roman mosaics.
In 1991, Tashkent Tower joined the World Federation of Great Towers, where it took the ninth place among the more than 200 towers. Today, it ranks the 11th in this list. The metal construction of the tower that weighs over 6000 tons, is based on the heavy 11-meter foundation.
One can walk up to the restaurant “Koinot” where, in one of two restaurants, “Blue” or “Red” one, it is possible to enjoy a panoramic view of Tashkent. The restaurants make a complete circle around its axis within an hour.
The three high-speed elevators will take you to the top of the tower at a rate of 4m per second; you can step off at one of the revolving restaurants or at the observation deck. Situated 97m up, it has predictably impressive views in all directions. On occasions it is also possible to visit the metereological station in the upper reaches of the tower; ask in the lobby if you're interested. If heights aren't your thing and you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, the TV Tower is floodlit at night, making for memorable photographs.