Towers intrigue me because they demand your attention. Their structure compels you to look up at them, and they make you realize how small in size you are in comparison to them and the world around you. They also have a mystique about them. Towers are found in fairy-tale realms, and in our world some of them have long and/or interesting histories.

In this week’s post, I have compiled photos of towers that may not be as well-known as the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but they are just as interesting.

Azadi Tower (Freedom Tower)

This beautiful tower in Tehran is 50 meters (164 feet) tall and is made of 8,000 blocks of white marble stone. Built in 1971 to mark the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, it became known as the Azadi Tower after the Iranian Revolution in 1979 (Azadi means “Freedom” in Persian).


Azadi Monument (Tehran, Iran)
By Nima Moghaddam


Iran – Tehran – Azadi Tower
By Alireza Javaheri ( [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Žižkov Television Tower

This tower was constructed in Prague between 1985 and 1992 and is 216 meters (709 feet) tall. Its high-tech architecture design gives it a streamlined futuristic appearance. What is unusual about this tower is that there are crawling babies on it! These babies are sculptures created by Czech artist David Černý. They were temporarily attached to the tower in 2000, but they became permanent fixtures on the tower in 2001 due to popular demand.


Žižkov Television Tower in Prague. sculptures by David Černý
By Norbert Požár (cs:Wikipedista:Bertik) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Babies by David Černý on Žižkov TV tower, Prague, Czechia
By Krokodyl


Tower of Olympic Stadium in Montreal

With a height of 175 meters (574 feet), this Canadian tower is the tallest inclined tower in the world. It is attached to a sports stadium that has been plagued with structural problems over the years. According to Wikipedia, the tower suffered fire damage in the 1980s, and a large section of the tower dropped on the playing field during a game in 1986.


Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.


Photo of the montreal tower, part of the olympic stadium.
By Antonello (The Tower of Montreal) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

Completed in 2008, this oddly shaped 50-story tower is an educational facility located in Tokyo, Japan.


Tokyo Mode Academy Cocoon Tower, at Shinjyuku Tokyo Japan.
By Wiiii


Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower
By kuracom (kuracom) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons



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