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.

Torrespaña
Torrespana-Tower-Madrid.jpg
Alternative namesEl Pirulí
General information
StatusEstable
TypeBroadcast tower
LocationMadrid, Spain
Coordinates40°25′13″N 3°39′51″W / 40.420278°N 3.664167°W / 40.420278; -3.664167
Construction started17 February 1981
Inaugurated7 June 1982
OwnerRetevisión
LandlordRTVE
Height232 m (761 ft)
Technical details
Lifts/elevators1
Design and construction
ArchitectEmilio Fernández Martínez de Velasco
Main contractorDragadosAgroman

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.

Torrespaña on the 50th anniversary of TVE

External linksEdit

  Media related to Torrespaña at Wikimedia Commons