Montjuïc Communications Tower

The Montjuïc Communications Tower (Catalan: Torre de Comunicacions de Montjuïc, IPA: [ˈtorə ðə kumunikəsiˈonz ðə muɲʒuˈik]), popularly known as Torre Calatrava and Torre Telefónica, is a telecommunication tower in the Montjuïc neighbourhood of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava, with construction taking place from 1989 to 1992. The white tower was built for Telefónica to transmit television coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. The 136-metre (446 ft) tower is located in the Olympic park and represents an athlete holding the Olympic Flame.

Montjuïc Communications Tower
Montjuic communications tower, August 2014 (16).jpg
General information
Architectural styleNeo-futurism
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Coordinates41°21′51″N 2°09′02″E / 41.36417°N 2.15056°E / 41.36417; 2.15056Coordinates: 41°21′51″N 2°09′02″E / 41.36417°N 2.15056°E / 41.36417; 2.15056
Construction started1989
Antenna spire136 m (446 ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectSantiago Calatrava

The base is covered with trencadís, Gaudí's mosaic technique created from broken tile shards.


Because of the tower's orientation, it works also as a giant sundial, which uses the Europa Square to indicate the hour.

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