Two for Tuesday: Greetings from Finland

Näsinneula, in Tampere, Finland

I had sent Jenna, my favorite Finnish Postcrosser, a postcard showing the observation tower atop Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia, and received this in return, in yesterday’s mail.  After seeing the mountaintop tower (which needs no pillar to stand on in order to be above everything else), Jenna observed, “Your observation tower is a little bit different (from ours).”  Actually, even at first glance, I would say that it bears a striking resemblance to another American tower.  Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

Näsinneula is an observation tower in Tampere, Finland, overseeing Lake Näsijärvi. It was built in 1970–1971 and was designed by Pekka Ilveskoski. It is the tallest free-standing structure in Finland and the tallest observation tower in the Nordic countries at a height of 168 metres. The tower opened in 1971 and is located in the Särkänniemi leisure centre. There is a revolving restaurant in the tower 124 metres above the ground. One revolution takes 45 minutes. The design of Näsinneula was inspired by the Space Needle in Seattle (emphasis added). The idea of a rotating restaurant was taken from the Puijo tower in Kuopio.

So Näsinneula was ours first.  Sorry, Jenna!

Also in yesterday’s mail was an actual greeting card, apparently sent in lieu of a postcard, from 12-year-old Arttu in Hämeenlinna:

Kesainen tervehdys (Summer Greetings)

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5 Responses

  1. Lydia says:

    Interesting!
    I love the second card. What a beautiful scene, one this half-Finn (who has never been to Finland) takes to heart.

  2. Jason says:

    I would say this looks very similar to the Tower in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/57/Calgary_tower_6.JPG

  3. I’ll be darned! I wonder how many of those things are out there? Thanks for the tip.

  4. Kate says:

    Chris, Got your postcard today; many thanks! Yes, the model on the card looks very much like large and small versions I have elsewhere…there’s even one at our State Fair Grounds. Incidentally, I’m linking your blog on my sidebar.

  5. Beth says:

    What lovely postcards. I have been to Seattle many times. A visit to the top of the space needle is something of an adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure. How wonderful to know there is sister tower inspired by our Northwest Spaceneedle.

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