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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.

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La Torre panoramica di Petřín (in ceco Petřínská rozhledna) č una torre di acciaio alta 63,5 metri che si trova sulla collina di Petřín a Praga.
La torre venne costruita su volontŕ 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 č una notevole attrazione turistica al cui interno č presente anche un piccolo museo di Jára Cimrman.

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