The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument on earth. It was built for The World’s Fair in 1889, with the intention of being demolished in 1909. However, this famous structure was saved because the French Navy repurposed it into a giant radio antenna.
At 1,063 ft high, The Eiffel Tower held the title of World’s Tallest Building for 41 years. It was dethroned by The Chrysler Building in 1930. Now both those buildings are drawfed by modern construction–but The Eiffel Tower added a broadcasting antenna to the top and it is now taller than The Chrysler Building.
Although the tower is 81 stories high, it only has 3 levels. The photo above is of the 2nd level, where you can take an elevator to the top observation deck. Get a load of Eiffel’s shadow in the photo below. Every 7 years, 60 tons of paint are reapplied to the structure. The lifts have been rebuilt several times. The arched sides proved to be a difficult problem to solve, especially right after it’s creation. Engineers are amazing, aren’t they?The Arc de Triomphe sitting in all its glory Sunset over the Seine
Have you been to The Eiffel Tower? What was your trip like?