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Construction of the 25-storeyed cylinder tower reflected in the shop-window was started in early 1980s and finished in early 1990s.

However it only opened this year in February, almost 20 years after the last floor was finished! This is what we call dolgo-stroy, i.e. long-construction. We used to have a lot dolgostroys in the Soviet era. Now buildings grow up like mushrooms after rain :)

As a friend told me, the project made provisions for a 10-year test to check if the soft ground of the city could carry this huge concrete cast-in-block monster. Break-up of the Soviet added 10 years more.

Because of its hockey-puck like top section painted in national colours the tower is known as Tübetey (in Tatar) or Tyubeteyka (in Russian) which stand for the Tatar national hat. The official name is 2/18, which is its address.

The tower was meant to be a hotel. In 1990s the government of Tatarstan tried to sell the building for just one rouble (~3 US cents :) to someone who could make use of it but unsuccessfully. Now it's an office building.

I don't know if the top rotates but I heard that one of the projects provided for a tower rotating from bottom to top.

* The Tower on Wikimapia.
* Vantage point.
* Street View on maps.yandex.ru.


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