On Valentine’s Day, the Ostankino TV Tower will be lit up pink. On 14 February, the tower screen will turn into a huge video card, which will feature several hundred sparkling hearts and read “With Love Above the Clouds.” The tower itself will shine red and pink.
The unusual illumination will be turned on at midnight on 13 February for the entire day; it will be seen from any area in the city with a view of the tower.
“For all the lovers out there, the Ostankino TV Tower has prepared free tours with a visit to the interactive multimedia complex and the observation deck at a height of 337 metres. Themed music and balloons that will adorn the tower’s observation deck will create a romantic mood,” the PR and Media Department of the Moscow Region Centre branch of the Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network told mos.ru.
To access the tower, visitors have to purchase an entrance ticket at the ticket office on the first floor. However, on Valentine’s Day, over 1,000 visitors will be able to take a free guided tour around the Ostankino Tower. Seven guides will show visitors around from 10 am to 7 pm. One group will comprise up to 20 people. The meeting point is the first-floor lobby.
The tour around the Ostankino TV Tower will begin with the interactive multimedia complex with 23 digital screens. Visitors will see historic photos and videos dedicated to the 50-year-long history of the building, view the TV channel rankings, and learn about the construction and architectural details of other high-rises of the world. In addition, guests can use a special interactive map and find out about all the thunderstorms and lightning that have happened in Moscow in the past year. A meteorological robot will give a weather forecast.
The tour will conclude at the observation deck with a panoramic view of the city’s main landmarks. From the height of 337 metres, visitors will be able to see the Moscow Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, VDNKh, the main building of Lomonosov Moscow State University, and the Moscow City Business Centre.
The 540-metre-tall tower was officially unveiled on 5 November 1967. For almost nine years after its opening, the Ostankino TV Tower was the tallest TV tower in the world. In 1976, the 553-metre CN Tower was built in Toronto.
The Ostankino TV Tower offers daily tours around its interactive multimedia complex, as well as the 337-metre observation point and the mechanical room on its 85th floor, where visitors can learn about the interior structure of the building. At the moment the tower broadcasts over 40 television and radio channels. It will mark its 52nd anniversary this year.
A special holiday programme for Valentine’s Day has been prepared by Moscow’s museums, city libraries and cultural centres. They will host concerts, workshops and lectures. The Moscow Zoo invites everyone to attend public feedings of Asian elephants, big cats, polar bears and other zoo inhabitants.