World’s Tallest Abandoned Structure Can Be Found in Russia

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The tower in Yekaterinburg, Russia was supposed to be a lot of things. What the city ended up with is the tallest abandoned structure in the world.

Yekaterinburg is Russia's fourth largest city. Founded in 1723, it's an important cultural and historical hub and boasts numerous landmarks.

An unusual landmark here is the city's tower which was supposed to be a lot of things – a working television tower, over 1400 feet tall, and completed are among them. What the city ended up with is the tallest abandoned structure in the world.

The work started in 1981 and the building was hoped to become a symbol of Communist accomplishment. By 1991 it was half-completed, but as the USSR fell that same year, the project was abandoned.

For about a decade people interacted with it in different ways, but the two most popular uses of it were for base jumping and, sadly, suicide.

In 2000 the structure was locked down; however, a new plan for it was born.

Officials decided to transform the tower into an entertainment hotspot.

Once again, it was not meant to be as the economic meltdown of 2008 put a damper on the project.

What do you think of the tower?

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