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Hillbrow Tower
Hillbrow Tower

Hillbrow Tower

Afrikas høyeste struktur er i den skyskraperike byen Johannesburg, i forstad Hillbrow for å være nøyaktig. Hillbrow Tower står på 883 fot og har hatt tittelen til Afrikas høyeste tårn i 40 år.

Hillbrow Tower ble ferdigstilt i 1971, og var på en gang den høyeste strukturen på den sørlige halvkule. Den mistet betegnelsen i 1978 da en skorstein i Queensland, Australia ble bygget for å være to meter høyere. Strukturen kalles teknisk Telkom Jo'burg Tower, etter telekommunikasjonsselskapet som det opprinnelig ble bygget for.

Det særegne Hillbrow Tower er et av symbolene i Johannesburg - det ble dekorert med en enorm fotball under verdensmesterskapet i 2010. Tårnet ble stengt for besøkende i 1981, noe som er så ille for alle som setter pris på skyhøy utsikt - tårnet var en gang en av byens beste turistattraksjoner, og en av de øverste etasjene hadde til og med en roterende restaurant.

Siden Hillbrow Tower ble stengt, er møblene i de eksklusive restaurantene og observasjonsdekket i de øverste etasjene fjernet og ligger i Telkom-bygningene i Pretoria. Noe av bygningen brukes nå av Telkom til kontorlokaler.

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The Basics

Recognized as the unofficial symbol of Johannesburg, the Hillbrow Tower used to be a major tourist attraction for its unparalleled city views, and is often a stop on walking and sightseeing tours.

Standing at 833-feet (269-meters) tall the tower also had a slow-revolving restaurant at the top, as well as another non-rotating restaurant, both of which were ornately decorated with luxury items and tribal wares. Unfortunately, due to security reasons, the tower closed to the public in 1981. In 2010, however, a giant soccer ball was attached to the tower in celebration of the FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Unfortunately, there is no public access to the building and is primarily used as telecommunications office space.
  • Once the home of extreme wealth the Hillbrow neighborhood is now a high-crime area, and alleys should be avoided.
  • It’s best to visit the area during daylight hours.
  • For a cityscape view consider heading to the Top of Africa at Carlton Centre.
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How to Get There

Hillbrow Tower is best reached by car and is a 6-minute drive east of Constitution Hill. Tours do not actually approach the tower but rather pick a desirable vantage point to talk about its history and importance to the city.

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When to Get There

Again, you cannot enter the building as it is closed to the public, but if you choose to approach the tower do so during daylight hours. The best time to visit Johannesburg is during the low seasons of March through May and September through November, for a less crowded experience.

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Wildcard

Get a View of the City from Carlton Centre For panoramic views of Johannesburg head to the Carlton Centre. Take the lift on the lower level of the shopping mall up to the Top of Africa for a small fee.

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