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Public-images-osm logo.svg tower:type
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Describes the type of tower
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Documented values: 9
Status: In use

Is used in conjunction with man_made=tower or man_made=mast.

Please note that the tower:type=* tag has other meanings when used in combination with power=tower !

Tower types

Tag Element Comment Example Icon
tower:type=communication Node Way Communication towers which are used for broadcast or communication via radio waves; such as radio, television, cellphones and two-way radio.

For more advanced tagging have a look at the key communication:*=yes.
Really big communications towers should be tagged with man_made=communications_tower.

Greifswald Funkturm Hans-Beimler-Straße July-2010 SL274692.JPG
Communications tower.svg
tower:type=observation Node Way Observation towers such as fire-towers, observation platforms and tourist attractions. Also see tourism=viewpoint.
Prochenberg Aussichtsturm.jpg
Observation tower.svg
tower:type=climbing Node Way Artificial structure for sports climbing. Add also sport=climbing.
2014-04-19 Kletterturm Berlin-Spandau.jpg
tower:type=bell_tower Node Way Widely used for steeples and bell towers.
Ulm Muenster.jpg
tower:type=minaret Node Way Minaret, a tower structure often adjacent to a muslim mosque, to call to prayer.
New Minner of masjid.JPG
tower:type=defensive Node Way Relation towers erected for defensive reasons
Marienborn alter Wachturm.jpg
tower:type=stupa Node Way towers associated with temples or wats usually but not always having religious significance
Golden wat tower (stupa).jpg
tower:type=cooling Node Way Cooling towers use evaporation of water to reject heat from processes such as cooling the circulating water used in oil refineries, chemical plants, power plants and building cooling, for example.
Cooling Towers.jpg
Cooling tower .svg
tower:type=lighting Node A man-made tower designed for the purpose of lighting (providing artificial illumination for) an area or a specific target, such as a fairground, a sports arena, a highway intersection, a parking lot, a loading deck, a rail yard, a train station, an airport, a bus station, a market square, a construction site, a mine, a factory, or any such public or private facility where artificial lighting is desired.
Lighting tower.svg
tower:type=campanile Node Italian (often) free-standing bell tower
Chiesa 21-0750 (2).jpg
tower:type=klockstapel Node Swedish free-standing clock tower
Länna kyrka, klockstapel.jpg
tower:type=<user-defined> Node If the above values aren't close enough to what you want, see "tower:type" on TagInfo, or just make up your own values. Please document newly created tag values here, ideally after discussion.