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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: 16


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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 Comment Example Icon Icon in Historical Objects
tower:type=siren Masts/towers with mounted sirens
Alertronic High Powered Voice Siren.JPG
tower:type=monitoring Masts/towers with measuring equipment to gather meteorological data
Messmast Leonberg.JPG
tower:type=communication 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 Observation towers such as fire-towers, observation platforms and tourist attractions. Also see tourism=viewpoint.
Prochenberg Aussichtsturm.jpg
Observation tower.svg
tower:type=watchtower A type of fortification used in many parts of the world. It differs from a regular tower in that its primary use is military, and from a turret in that it is usually a freestanding structure. Its main purpose is to provide a high, safe place from which a sentinel or guard may observe the surrounding area.
tower:type=multifunctional Multifunctional towers

Here are at least three types of towers used
tower:type=defensive Towers erected for defensive reasons
If the tower is historic: historic=yes
defensive=donjon - residential castle tower (French style)
defensive=keep residential castle tower (English type)
defensive=bergfried non-residential castle tower (German style)
Marienborn alter Wachturm.jpg
Tour maçonnée.svg Suggestion
tower:type=bell_tower Widely used for steeples and bell towers.
Ulm Muenster.jpg
or tower:type=bell_tower + bell_tower=campanile
Italian (often) free-standing bell tower
Chiesa 21-0750 (2).jpg
or tower:type=bell_tower + bell_tower=klockstapel
Swedish free-standing clock tower
Länna kyrka, klockstapel.jpg
tower:type=minaret Minaret, a tower structure often adjacent to a muslim mosque, to call to prayer.
New Minner of masjid.JPG
tower:type=stupa Towers associated with temples or wats usually but not always having religious significance
Golden wat tower (stupa).jpg
tower:type=cooling 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 A man-made tower/mast 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=radar Radar tower
Radar tower airport Frankfurt - Radarturm Flughafen Frankfurt - 02.jpg
Radar icon.svg
tower:type=airport_control Airport control tower Schiphol Amsterdam airport control tower.png
tower:type=intake Intake tower, e.g. within a drinking water reservoir
Water intake tower at Talla Reservoir - - 1193384.jpg
tower:type=monument Monumental tower buildings
Kaiser-Friedrich-Turm (Hagen)-Turm.jpg
Tower monument.png Suggestion
Historical Bridge Tower
Alcántara Bridge - tower 1.JPG
Tower bridge.png Suggestion
tower:type=hose Tower for drying fire hoses
No 8 Hose Toronto.jpg
tower:type=climbing Artificial structure for sports climbing. Add also sport=climbing.
2014-04-19 Kletterturm Berlin-Spandau.jpg
tower:type=diving Tower for sport diving. Add also sport=swimming.
tower:type=lightning_protection Tower/mast for lightning protection
For large lightning protection towers inside a lightning protection device, add lightning_protection=interception as well.
Atlas V 551 at Launch Pad 41.jpg
tower:type=<user-defined> 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.