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The German Democratic Republic commissioned the TV Tower in the 1960's, with the aim of demonstrating the strength and efficiency of the socialist system in mind.

Designed by architect Hermann Henselmann, the Tower was intended to remind people of the Soviet sputnik satellites. The sphere sits at a height of 200m and presented a challenge for the engineers that built it.

Today, the Tower defines the silhouette of Germany's capital - a symbol of the reunified Germany.

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