This is Paris! The iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris is one of the most recognizable structures in the world and is the symbol of Paris. At 324 meters tall, this iron lattice tower was named after the French engineering firm who designed and built it in 1889.
It was originally designed to be an entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, although it was criticized by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals of the time as being too tall, obtrusive, and generally ugly.
Nearly 7 million people visit the tower every year and in 2010, the tower marked its 250 millionth visitor.
The Eiffel Tower held the title for tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years until the Chrysler Building in New York was built in 1930. Later an aerial installed on top of the Eiffel made it once again taller than the Chrysler by 5.2 meters.
The first and second floors feature restaurants, one is named after the famous science fiction author Jules Verne.
On the second floor, we can get a pretty good view of the city and check out a sort of Eiffel museum and display where we can learn all about the famous tower.
72 names of French scientists, engineers, and mathematicians are engraved along the sides of the tower just under the first balcony. Eiffel decided to include these engravings to give the tower some clout with the public and to recognize the contributions of these famous individuals.
The Eiffel is the same height as an 81 story building and features three levels, with restaurants on the first and second floors.
If you didn’t take the elevator ride, you’d have to climb up over 300 steps just to get to the first level, and another 300 to get to the second level.
The lifts between the levels have been changed and updated several times over the Tower’s history. Today, it takes only about 4 minutes to go from the ground level to the third level.
The third level platform is 276 meters off the ground and affords a remarkable panorama of the Paris cityscape.