Rising 375 m above the city, Tashkent’s TV Tower is the tallest structure in Central Asia. It took 6 years to complete, starting in 1979, and was, until 1991, the third-highest tower in the world (it is no longer in the top 10 these days).
The architects responsible, D Semashko and N Terziev-Tzarukova, were tasked with coming up with a design capable of withstanding earthquakes up to 9.0 on the Richter scale, and their solution was the lattice-style trunk supported by three inclined slips, which ensure the building’s steadiness and give an impression of lightness. Engineers Morozov and Musheev decorated the tower. The tower’s foyer was decorated with mosaic panels of semi-precious stones, marble and metal in the style of Florentine and Roman mosaics.
The 2 revolving restaurants at the center (97 m up) serve awful food. The view is not that great, entrance is expensive and you are not allowed to take pictures.
So we advise to give the experience a miss and just have a look around the foyer art if you happen to be in the neighbourhood (from walking along the canal, perhaps). The Central Asian Plov Center nearby is nothing special either; the plov is similar to all other plovs you will eat in Uzbekistan. Really, the TV Tower looks best from a distance.
If you are still really keen to visit, spend a few dollars to bribe the guard at the viewing platform to take you up to the meteorological station at 220 m.