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The engine room of the closed-down Hansa coking plant in Dortmund, Germany. 
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The engine room of the closed-down Hansa coking plant in Dortmund, Germany.

The Hansa coking plant in the Huckarde suburb of Dortmund went into operation in 1928. It was at the heart of the integrated production process in the Dortmund coal, iron and steel industry, taking coal from the neighbouring collieries and delivering coke to the "Dortmunder Union" iron and steel mill. At peak periods up to 1000 people worked here and the plant was able to produce over 5000 tons of coke per day. Heavy industry crisis of the 1980s forced the plant to be gradually shut down and eventually closed down in December 1992. The imminent destruction of this fascinating industrial unit was prevented by the combined efforts of politicians and local grass-roots organizations. Since 1997 the coking plant has been one of the sites belonging to the Foundation for the Preservation of Industrial Monuments and Historical Culture.

One of the technical highlights of the Hansa coking plant is the engine house containing five original steam-driven gas compressors. Here the coking gas was compressed before being cooled, purified, dried and fed into the gas grid. The engines, some of which date back to the 1920s, were in operation until the plant was closed down in 1992. Visitors on guided tours can watch a demonstration of one of the restored compressors in action. Since its renovation in 2004 the compressor house has been used as an exclusive historical indsutrial venue for events. (Text based on the Hansa coking plant information leaflet).

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A guided tour is being shown a coal conveyor belt in the closed-down Hansa coking plant in Dortmund, Germany. 
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A guided tour is being shown a coal conveyor belt in the closed-down Hansa coking plant in Dortmund, Germany.
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A washroom of the closed-down Hansa coking plant in Dortmund, Germany. 
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A washroom of the closed-down Hansa coking plant in Dortmund, Germany.
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On the viewing platform of the Florianturm TV tower in Dortmund, Germany. 
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On the viewing platform of the Florianturm TV tower in Dortmund, Germany.

The Florianturm (Florian Tower, Florian for short) is a telecommunications tower and landmark of Dortmund (Germany). It is named after St. Florian, the patron saint of gardeners. It was built in 1959 as an attraction for a federal horticultural show with a height of 219.6 metres. At the time it was briefly the highest freestanding structure in Germany. The tower was constructed similarly to a high concrete chimney. It consists of a reinforced concrete tube, which tapers off as it rises, reaching a height of 129.75 metres. At 130.6 metres there is a building part with two floors. On the lower floor there are operation rooms and on the upper floor at 137.54 metres there is a revolving restaurant. At 141.88 metres and 144.7 metres there are two observation decks. On the upper observation deck there are installations and aerials of Deutsche Telekom. Since 1959 it has been used for transmitting television signals. (Text based on Wikipedia).
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During the Germany vs. Argentina match each and every bar and restaurant in the centre of Dortmund had a TV set turned on. 
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During the Germany vs. Argentina match each and every bar and restaurant in the centre of Dortmund had a TV set turned on.
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