The Petřín Lookout Tower (Czech: Petřínská rozhledna) is a 63.5 metre high steel framework tower in Prague, which strongly resembles the Eiffel Tower. Although it is much shorter than the Eiffel Tower, it stands atop a sizable hill, Petřín, so the top is actually at a higher altitude than that of the Eiffel Tower. The Petřínská rozhledna was built in 1891 and was used as an observation tower as well as a transmission tower. Today the Petřínská rozhledna is a major tourist attraction. If you go up the hard way, the hill is roughly a half-hour walk up paths that get quite slippery when it snows, and the tower is a shorter but fairly tiring climb; however, the hill is served by a frequent funicular and the tower has an elevator for disabled persons.
Petřínská rozhledna is often described as small version of the Eiffel Tower. This is, however, not correct, because in contrast to the Eiffel Tower, Petřínská rozhledna has an octagonal and not a square cross section over its whole height. Further, it does not stand, as does the Eiffel Tower, on four columns of lattice steel, and the whole area under its legs is covered with the entrance hall.
A similarity between the Eiffel Tower and Petřínská rozhledna is the design of the lowest cross beams in the form of round bows.
The two observation platforms are accessible via 299 stairs in sections of 13 per stage running around the inside of the structuring. The upper level is also served by a lift.
In 1889, members of The Club of Czech Tourists visited the world exposition in Paris and were inspired by the Eiffel Tower. Later, they collected a sufficient amount of money and in March, 1891 the building of the tower started for the General Land Centennial Exhibition (1891). It was finished in only 4 months.
In 1953, a TV broadcasting antenna was installed on Petřínská rozhledna, the program feed performed by a directional radio antenna. This served as Prague's main TV signal provider until the opening of the Žižkov Television Tower in late 1992. In 1999, the tower was completely renovated.
LA PICCOLA EIFFEL
La Torre panoramica di Petřín (in ceco Petřínská rozhledna) è una torre di acciaio alta 63,5 metri che si trova sulla collina di Petřín a Praga.
La torre venne costruita su volontà del Club dei Turisti Cechi che, dopo aver visitato l'Esposizione Universale di Parigi del 1889, decise di costruire a Praga una torre simile alla Torre Eiffel. La torre fu ultimata nel 1891 e venne utilizzata con funzioni di osservazione e di trasmissione, mentre oggi è una notevole attrazione turistica al cui interno è presente anche un piccolo museo di Jára Cimrman.
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carlo62 (33803) 2014-01-24 15:53
una curiosità che non conoscevo, bella condivisione.
Mi piace anche questa struttura, soprattutto la scala a chiocciola al centro.
Buon we (spero con meno pioggia...)
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-01-24 16:23
almost like mini Eiffel tower - you made this simple metal tower look very impressive. I have seen it and you did very good job. The lower POV makes the construction look taller and more magnificent. Adding some greenery around it helps to diversify the whole composition and add some subtlety.
Good colors, sharpness and light.
Thanks for sharing
npecanhuk (66344) 2014-01-24 17:26
Beautiful "mini" Eiffel Tower!
Interesting and attractive picture of it!
I didn't know it existed! Nice to meet her!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
jjcordier (76858) 2014-01-24 23:08
Très bonne mise en image de cette mini tour Eifel avec un bel encadrement végétal et une jolie lumière.
emka (79926) 2014-01-24 23:57
Ciao Luciano, Superb view of this smaller version of Eiffel tower. excellent composition and colours. I like it very much. I was there, of course, but I didn't go up.
jurek1951 (42158) 2014-01-25 1:01
a beautiful photo with superb note and I like the composition and the perspective of the photo. Great details and POV,
mirosu (14532) 2014-01-25 1:36
To see your photo I was sad that you left Prague, only after opening it I recognized that this not Eiffel, but Petrin tower. Excellent view up. The view from lover angle makes the tower majestic and dominant. The light is perfect, the contrast against blue sky superb. I was on the top platform when I was student, and this is a very long time ago.
Wish you a very nice weekend.
rbassin (18497) 2014-01-25 3:12
un très bon cadrage avec la tour en contre plongée, les lignes fuyantes vers le ciel, et entourrée des grands arbres.
timecapturer (49286) 2014-01-25 3:40
your series from Prague is wonderfully inspiring with a real variation of images and sights, that make me all the more determined to visit this fine City. Another cracking shot full of wonderful detail and superb clarity. Love the POV too!
Have a great weekend - B.
krzychu30 (15498) 2014-01-25 4:38
hmm,that´s something new from Prague!Never seen any picture of this Tower,but here in this perspective it looks eye-catching!I love especially the contrast between blue sky and metallic structure of the tower.And the trees around the frame makes lovely accompaniment for the tower.
Superb and original look on Prague!
Have a nice weekend
ikeharel (58231) 2014-01-25 4:43
Not really another Eifel-Tower, but a very prominent monument on the Prague skyline, Luciano.
Well done photojob, looking upwards and a whole structure filled on picture, from base till the top, between trees.
Good clarity and contrast, green over blue with grey(structure).
SWEETFREEDOM (22808) 2014-01-25 4:51
il p.o.v. scelto e' perfetto. interessante e da parte mia sconosciuta attrazione.
bel tempo come finalmente anche da noi.
jacquest (18747) 2014-01-25 5:06
The upward view gives importance to the tower and the framing with the tree branches is well done. The light gives good details of the structure. Getting up in this spiral staicase must be a good exercise.
willperrett (7348) 2014-01-25 5:19
I remember going up this tower a few years ago: you don't say in your notes whether you made the ascent or not, but you've included the number of steps, so maybe you counted them! Fine composition against the trees and the blue sky.
Romano46 (18466) 2014-01-25 6:29
anche stavolta mi hai portato fortuna, anzi più del solito.
La tua foto è graziosa e con questo soggetto era impossibile ottenere di più, però la torre - per come la vedo io - è proprio bruttina e non nemmeno una lontana parvenza dell'originale.
Rispetto a tante torri panoramiche sparse in Europa anche per via dell'età avanzata che ne caratterizza la struttura è tra le più brutte, ma almeno ha il vantaggio di fare osservare la città dall'alto, ben più in alto del castello.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-25 6:31
Nice title. The photo specially the TN definitely looks like the real tower. Here your choice of POV was good to accentuate the height of this moderate tower. Framed nicely by the trees. Nice photo, thanks for sharing.
holmertz (41753) 2014-01-25 7:19
Different from the real Eiffel tower but still very reminiscent. From this POV it's not easy to estimate that it is lower. It certainly looks high enough for a tough ascent. You found a good gap between the trees for an almost undisturbed view.
ourania (32127) 2014-01-25 7:52
una foto molto interessante e piacevole. E' superbo il modo in cui hai combinato la prospettiva con un' inquadratura stretta. Il quadro suplementare dei rami si estende lungo tutto il quadro e fa un bel gioco con i motivi rigidi ed eleganti che strutturano la torre. Mi piace molto la nitidezza e la dominazione di tonalita' fredde e "metalliche", anche nel ambiente. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buon fine settimana,
Silvio1953 (123603) 2014-01-25 9:01
Ciao Luciano, dalla piccolina sembrava proprio lei, bella imitazione, graziosa la scala a chiocciola, ci sei salito su?
Domani mette neve da noi, spero di fare qualche foto un po' meno scialba, che anche oggi era un grigio.., buon fine settimana, ciao Silvio
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-25 10:20
Wonderful pov to show it as the Eiffel. Nice framing by the trees and excellent colors and clarity.
Superb shot of a good metal architecture.
pajaran (52614) 2014-01-25 11:13
Interesantan tekst o tornju, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar snimak, lepo pokazana kula i detalji na konstrukciji, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the tower, with a history and description of the ...
Good shot, well demonstrated tower and detail design, beautiful color.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
pierrefonds (57531) 2014-01-25 16:57
Les arbres cadrent bien la tour. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de la tour. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne soirée.
siamesa (27743) 2014-01-25 20:10
Boa noite Luciano
Very beautiful tower and an excellent point of view. The natural frame is very nice.
jmdias (56161) 2014-01-26 5:18
interesting details of this tower and I liked the lower pov that make its shapes more beautiful. nice job.
SnapRJW (31469) 2014-01-26 7:53
Hello Luciano - So, in addition to the Eiffel and Blackpool towers we also have the Petřín Lookout Tower, I had never heard of this but the similarities of design are obvious. What's so special about this one is the proximity of trees. How marvelous it is to see the man-made structure flanked by foliage. A super vertical composition with no distracting details. I do like the symmetry of your shot. Warm regards Rosemary
Oceania (4982) 2014-01-27 6:11
Yes, it's very similar to Eiffel Tower. The sky is so crispy. It's sure a pleasant summer day!
Lord_Of_Chaos (0) 2014-01-27 6:18
Perfect photo moment.
Beautiful colors and contrasts.
Hello my friend
eldancer1 (28513) 2014-01-27 7:33
Looks like every country have their own Eiffel tower! I like your pov and it has good details. Well done, tfs.
macjake (57074) 2014-01-29 11:01
so this is the Petrin Lookout Tower that we never go to!
Well, perhaps next time!
interesting notes too, i like that.
seems like you had the perfect day to go up the tower and photograph the city, lucky you.
its cool that we can see the staircase inside.
all in all there's lots to like here
ciakgiak (30421) 2014-01-29 13:46
davvero bella la scena della torre incastrata tra gli alberi!
Hai scelto il POV migliore con la consueta qualità!!!
delpeoples (53167) 2014-01-30 4:31
Ho pensato immediamente della torre Eiffel quando ho visto la foto. L'hai compost l'immagine perfettemente, con bel grafismo, contrasto e colori. La prospettiva é veramente impressionante e mi piace come la tore ha dominato il cornice.
Complimenti e ti auguro una bella giornata del sole
jhm (140070) 2014-02-01 0:48
A wonderful clear and sharp picture, taken in high quality.
The mini Eifel tower between the trees and a lovely light cloudy sky in background.
Your picture is very pleasant to look at.
Excellent composition, with pleasant colours.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Sonata11 (33283) 2014-02-03 21:33
very beautiful capture of this tower. Beautifully composed and executed image. Fantastic management of colors, perfect sharpness and clarity of details. I love it a lot. Best regards, Barbara
mesutilgim (85454) 2014-02-04 12:37
Hello dear Luciano,
The Eiffel jr in Prague is more pictoruesque than his big brother in Paris !
Good pov and layout. Nicely framed with the leafless branches of the trees surrounding it.
Many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
nikkitta (14858) 2014-02-04 13:54
I open the photo sure it was the Eiffel Tower, not know till now this not so big tower, interesting that it has also a lift to go up
Great capture with smart frame given by the branches
Great vertical format
Ben fatto, complimenti
mcmtanyel (14123) 2014-02-04 21:07
Good POV, nice symmetrical composition, excellent light management. An informative photo with an informative note, excellent photo for TE.
imageme (1767) 2014-02-07 8:53
Hi Luciano, A low POV gives a great sense of how the structure is built for this tower. You have managed to capture the tower avoiding the trees on both sides disturbing the subject. Beautiful blue sky see through from the structure of the tower gives so much space to the frame. Great light and details. Thank for sharing
- Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) (77810)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-14
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Sony DSC HX200v
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- Date Submitted: 2014-01-24 15:06