Television tower to turn into major tourist attraction

Rīga's TV tower will turn into a major tourist attraction, sporting three sightseeing decks and a giant Foucault pendulum at its base, Jānis Bokta, the head of Latvian state’s joint-stock company Radio and Television Center (LVRTC) told LTV September 26.

The project aims to thoroughly rebuild the tower and its surroundings by 2023. Bokta revealed that one of the decks would have glass cubicles jutting out of the major landmark so that guests could test their vertigo. 

The highest of the decks would be turned into an open one, and a dizzying restaurant will be added to the tower. 

Previously closed-off premises -- a former bomb shelter -- would also be opened to visitors.

And to top it off, a Foucault pendulum would be added at the tower base, with the ball weighing 500 kilograms with the wire projecting out of the tower from a height of 70 meters.

The TV tower at Zaķusala is the highest of its kind in the EU at 368 meters. It provides radio and television broadcasts to over half of Latvia's territory.

The reconstruction is estimated to cost between 40 and 50 million euros. 

LVRTC have also released a video that shows what the tower would look like once rebuilt. 

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