Torre de Collserola, Barcelona

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Torre de Collserola is a uniquely designed tower located on the Tibidabo hill in the Serra de Collserola, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by the architect Sir Norman Foster and by the Spanish civil engineers Julio Martínez Calzón and Manuel Julià Vilardell. This emblematic tower was built in 1991 by the construction company Cubiertas y MZOV S.A. for the 1992 Summer Olympics. It features a pod for floor space like many towers but uses guy wires for lateral support like a mast. Mainly used as a TV and radio transmitter, this futuristic design provides the highest viewpoint over the city. The top antenna reaches 288.4 m (946 ft) and the top of the pod, which has thirteen floors, reaches 152 m (499 ft). The highest point of this tower is actually the highest place you could be in the city of Barcelona.
The tenth floor of the pod is open to the public.
The tower has a space for event organisations, composed by a reception room and an observation desk set 560 metres above sea level.
The tower has a hollow slip-formed, reinforced concrete main shaft of only 4.5 m diameter, which reduces to a mere 3 m to hold a radio mast which telescopes from 2.7 m to 0.7 m. The thirteen floors are surrounded by a perimeter of open stainless steel grilles and suspended from the shaft by three primary vertical steel trusses.
The total weight of the tower is 3,000 tons.
A large number of cables keep the tower upright:
The lower guys are composed three series of 180 parallel strand cables (15 mm diameter) made from pre-tensioned high-strength steel with a polyethylene covering, each;The upper guys are made of three series of 7 aramid fibre cables in parallel (56 mm diameter), each terminated with a resin socket. The three upper cables have a combined breaking strength of 4,200 tons.
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  • It is a splendid site and if the weather accompanies much better, to enjoy a spectacular 360o view of Barcelona and the surrounding municipalities. it is worth climbing the viewpoint of the tower.
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  • Small excursion to visit the Tower and enjoy the beautiful views of Barcelona, you have a guide, an elevator, the clean facilities, and 360o observatory
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  • Be careful about trusting the schedule posted online. I arrived on a Sunday around 5:20 PM intending to watch the sunset (perfect timing). The schedule said they are open until 7:45 PM. I spoke with the gentelman selling tickets (I speak fluent Spanish), and he said the last group was about to leave and I would not make it (I hear it is a quick ride). I requested to walk up it using the stairs in that case and he rejected this offer as well without providing an explanation. I must give this the lowest rating possible due to objectively poor customer service and a lack of good faith. From what I could tell they (he) likely just wanted to close early since there was not a big line. I chose not to argue the issue and instead would like to inform the public of how I was treated. I will say the surrounding area is completely worth the trip however and there is much to explore.
  • Best views in all of Barcelona. Take a self drive, guided tour with Tourisimo.es for the best experience and photographic opportunities in the city.
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