The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France is one of the most famous monuments on the planet, being an iconic part of Paris in movies and pictures and the setting of pretty much every romantic scene of every romantic movie taking place in Europe, ever. It is part of nearly every skyline view in Paris and is almost impossible to escape while navigating your way around the city.
When I visited Paris I continuously annoyed everyone by pointing out the tower every chance I got just to sound like a novelty tourist even more.
The tower was finished in 1889, celebrating a century passing of the French Revolution. Named after the architect behind the tower’s creation, Gustave Eiffel, at the time of its completion it was the worlds tallest building and held the record for over 40 years.
Many French citizens protested the building of the tower, insisting that it would cast a shadow and lessen the other great parts of Paris, such as Norte Dame and the Louvre. Obviously these worries fell on deaf ears and the tower was completed in only two years, after which it was inaugurated by The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII of England.
The tower is more than 300 meters high and weighs an astonishing 7300 tons. Every 7 years the tower is repainted, taking nearly 50 tons of colours to cover it.
There is a lift that you can take to the top for a small fee, or for a little less you can climb the 1665 steps up three floors to get the best views of Paris.
It is the most visited paid monument in the entire world, but it’s not just a monument, it also served as a radio and television signal transmission antenna as well as a meteorological recording station.
Every night when the sun goes down the tower features a stunning light show that can be seen throughout Paris.
The Eiffel Tower, also known as “La dame de fer” (the Iron Lady) is one of the sights that truly cannot be depicted accurately in photos or video even. It is something that you must witness for yourself, and if ever given the chance I highly suggest you spend some time around it, one of mans truly amazing feats of engineering.
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I love Paris – I lived there for 3 years and grew to love it even more during that time – and I never cease to be amazed by the Eiffel Tower. Such a wonderful engineering feat, so iconic, a real piece of art….who could fail to love it just a little?
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