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Cairo Tower

The Cairo Tower is a free-standing concrete tower in Cairo, Egypt. It stands in the Zamalek district on Gezira Island in the River Nile, close to the city centre. At 187 m (614 ft), it is 43 metres (141 ft) higher than the Great Pyramid of Giza, which stands some 15 km (9.3 mi) to the southwest. It is one of Cairo's most famous and well-known landmarks.

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Cairo Tower

The Cairo Tower  is a free-standing concrete tower in Cairo, Egypt. It stands in the Zamalek district on Gezira Island in the River Nile, close to the city centre. At 187 m (614 ft), it is 43 metres (141 ft) higher than the Great Pyramid of Giza, which stands some 15 km (9.3 mi) to the southwest. It is one of Cairo's most famous and well-known landmarks.

The Cairo Tower was built from 1956 to 1961, it was designed by the Egyptian architect naoum chebib , the tower's partially open lattice-work design is intended to evoke a lotus  plant. The tower is crowned by a circular observation deck and a rotating restaurant with a view over Cairo. One rotation takes approximately 70 minutes.

A story published by the Egyptian government in the 1960s, is that the American government paid a $ 100 000 to Gamal abdelnasser as a personal gift, and that abdelnasser deployed this amount of money to start the construction of Cairo Tower thus uncovering the gift to the city.

The tower , one of Cairo's most prominent landmarks, has just undergone a EGP 35 million restoration process in time for its 50th anniversary in April 2011. Located in the heart of Cairo's embassy district on zamalek island  on the river Nile, the concrete tower is in the shape of a pharaonic Lotus flower, an iconic symbol of Ancient Egypt.

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