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Calatrava Tower

Calatrava Tower (89C)

Within the buildings of the Olympic Ring, very close to the Palau Sant Jordi, we find the futurist telecommunications tower, the “Montjuïc Tower,” known popularly as the Calatrava Tower.

It was constructed by the architect Santiago Calatrava for the company “Telefónica” to broadcast coverage of the Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games worldwide.

Made of steel and 136 metres high, its strange shape is based on a Calatrava sketch of the figure of an athlete from Ancient Greece kneeling at the moment of receiving a medal. The base of the tower is covered by smashed enamel coloured tiles in recognition of Antoni Gaudí and his famous “trencadís” technique.

A curious feature of the tower is that its orientation means it acts as the hands of a giant sun-dial marking the time on the Plaça d’Europa.

This tower and the Collserola communications tower, also built in 1992, together form the communications system of the city of Barcelona and its Metropolitan area.

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