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Ceremony for restored Avala Tower

26. April 2010.

The Avala Tower, one of Belgrade's landmarks, has been restored and will be revealed on Wednesday.

The ceremony at the location just outside Belgrade is expected to be attended by senior state officials.

President Boris Tadić, Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković and his cabinet members, and Belgrade Mayor Dragan Đilas are expected to attend the event.

The Avala Tower is 204.5 meters tall, which is one meter higher than when it was destroyed during the NATO attacks on Serbian in 1999. It is the tallest structure in the Balkans.

The ceremony has already been postponed twice, once in respect to the tragic death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, and once because of bad weather conditions.

5,000 cubic meters of concrete were used in the construction and about 500 tons of armature. It was constructed to withstand even an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.2 on the Mercalli scale.

There is a restaurant located at 120 meters with an area of 100 square meters, and two elevators taking visitors up to the observation deck at 124 meters.

The electric equipment in the tower is among one of the most modern systems in Europe, and there are only seven of its kind on the continent. It is lighted from top to bottom and has generators in case of a loss of electricity.

The construction of the new tower began in 2005 and was completed in November 2009.

The architects behind the project were Uglješa Bogunović, Slobodan Janjić and the builder of the original tower, Milan Krstić.

The original toward was built in between 1961 and 1964 and opened in 1965. It was 202.8 meters tall and was considered one of the most impressive television transmitters in the world.

Source: B92