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Torrespaña (literally "Spain Tower") is a 231 m (757.87 ft) steel-and-concrete television tower located in Madrid, Spain. National terrestrial television channels RTVE, Telecinco and Antena 3, as well as the autonomous channel Telemadrid, along with a few radio stations, broadcast from the tower.
|Alternative names||El Pirulí|
|Construction started||17 February 1981|
|Inaugurated||7 June 1982|
|Height||232 m (761 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Emilio Fernández Martínez de Velasco|
The tower was built in 1982, commemorating the FIFA World Cup played in Spain that year. The building was administered by RTVE until 1989 when control over radio and television emissions in Spanish territory was given to Retevisión. It is generally known in Madrid as the "Pirulí", given the similarity between the tower and a particular type of lollipop of conical shape very popular in Spain in the eighties.
Located in a depression, next to the M30 highway, the tower is not open to the public.
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