May 01, 2014

Russia's Eiffel Tower

Russia's Eiffel Tower

Imagine if Paris authorities abandoned the Eiffel Tower, squandered funds for its restoration, and then, when the situation became truly dire, proposed that it be dismantled and moved.

Sounds monstrous, no? Yet that's exactly what Russian officials want to do with Moscow's Shukhov Tower, an engineering masterpiece near historic Shabolovka Street, built in 1922 by the engineer Vladimir Shukhov.

The tower's owner, the Russian TV and Radio Network (RTRS), proposed that the tower be dismantled and moved to another, as yet unspecified, location. The tower is currently in serious need of repair – the last overhaul was completed in 1992. In 2011, budget funds were allocated for restoration work, but nothing was done.

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