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Drive to save Moscow's crumbling 'Eiffel Tower'

The 148m Shukhov tower was built in 1922 to give Russia a strong radio signal

Published Thu, Apr 10, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[MOSCOW] Thousands of Muscovites and several top international architects have launched an unprecedented campaign to save an elegant steel tower that has loomed over Moscow's skyline since 1922.

The Russian Communications Ministry says it will dismantle and relocate the Shukhov tower, a masterpiece of design often compared to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. But campaigners fear the tower will simply be demolished because it will be impossible to dismantle it and put it back together again.

It is the first time a campaign to save a historic building has received such a wide public following, not just from among architecture enthusiasts.

Government and city officials are set to meet campaigners for talks on the tower this week that may decide its future. The campaign is not just about saving Moscow's crumbling early Soviet architect…

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