Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Visit the shining iron lady that brings alive the city of Paris with its light show
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Eiffel Tower (Champ de Mars), Paris, France
Standing tall right in the heart of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is a mesmerizing visual gaze, bringing alive the city of romance. Also, famous as the ‘Iron Lady’, the Eiffel Tower in Paris holds a place in the Seven Wonders of the World. Boasting of a flamboyant architecture, the Eiffel Tower is cherished as a landmark in the history of modern architecture. Eiffel Tower tours are available for tourists in both day and night. Enjoying a panoramic view of Paris from the top of the tower is one of the best things to do in Paris.
History of Eiffel Tower
In 1889, to commemorate 100 years of the French Revolution, the French government hosted an Exposition Universelle aka International Exposition. The idea was to invite artists and architects to propose their respective ideas for a monument, which was to be constructed on the Champ-de-Mars, the exposition entrance to Paris. And among the thousands of proposals, it was the idea of Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel that won the race. A renowned bridge builder and an expert in metals and architecture, the creative experts of Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel led to the construction of one of its kind architecture, Eiffel Tower. But, though he got the complete credit for the monument, it is said that the concept had actually popped out from the brains of his employee Maurice Koechlin.
Eiffel Tower Facts
Standing on a 5-meter high base, the Eiffel Tower in Paris is made up of four lattice-girder, which gradually narrow inwards as they join to form a single vertical tower which is 300 meters aka 986 feet high. Networks of girders have been used to connect the inward curving piers at two levels, which provides viewing platforms for tourists. Glass-cage machines, coming from the design of the US Company, Otis Elevator, were fixed at the piers to serve the purpose of elevators to climb the curve. Besides, the four semi-circular arches, located at the base of the tower, are a visual treat and play no part in the structural function. The Eiffel Tower is given a complete elevation of 324 meters (1,063 feet) by a television antenna at its top.
Eiffel’s idea was to erect a structure, which was light as well as equally strong. By making use of his expertise in the behavior of metal truss and metal arc forms under loading, he made an aesthetic monument that changed the face of civil engineering and architecture.
The Eiffel Tower was built in the shortest span of two years (1887–89), employing a minimal labor and less cost. During its inauguration in March 1889, Eiffel Tower was the structure in the world until 1930 seeing the completion of New York City’s Chrysler Building.
The Three Level Tower
There are three levels on the Eiffel Tower, the first two floors have restaurants, bars and other entertainment outlets for the tourists. The third or the top level comprises of the highest observation deck in Europe. It is 276m aka 906 feet above the ground and is open for visitors. There are both stairs and lifts to escalate all the levels, but the top level is mostly accessed by the lifts.
Names of about 72 French scientists, mathematicians and engineers have been engraved on the Tower by Gustavo as a token of appreciation for their contributions to the construction of the tower.
Aesthetics and Maintenance
Though originally reddish, Eiffel Tower was later painted in bronze brown and has three shades that get darker towards the bottom. Every seven years, about 60 tons of paint is used to color the tower and prevent it from rusting and has been painted 19 times since its construction.
Eiffel Tower tickets vary as per the level or floor tourist are interested to visit. For instance, tickets are costlier to climb the top of the tower than the tickets for the first level.
The light show and other world famous events occur at or near the Eiffel Tower and shining Iron lady can be viewed from any corner of Paris. One can see as far as Arc De Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre.
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The tower was the main exhibit of the Paris Exposition of 1889. It was built to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution which began in 1789.
Yes, tickets are required for visiting the Eiffel Tower. The ticket prices depend upon age and few other factors.
Eiffel Tower was built in less than two years as the centerpiece of the 1889 World's Fair. It was meant to be destroyed but it never was once it became so popular.
At the Eiffel Tower, the maximum one can climb is to the second floor, where a viewing platform has been put up so that travelers can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city.
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