The Eiffel Tower - One of the most known & loved monuments in the world & yet it started under such protest, & was only meant to be built as a temporary structure for the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair.
We had the privilege to visit it 4 years ago & managed to not only dine there at the Altitude 95 restaurant, but also go all the way to the top during the day & on the last climb for the night. The laser show at night from the top was amazing - something we will always remember.
The Magnificant View from our Table at Altitude 95
Look at the size of the people underneath, compared to the structure!
It is an stunning monument situated right in the heart of Paris with views as far as the horizon taking in Sacre Coeur , Champs Elysees, Moulin Rouge Theatre & the Arc De Triomphe & so much more. We could even see where we were staying.
To stand underneath & gaze up is breathtaking, to say the least; that's when you realize how massive it is - what's more amazing is when you read how it was constructed - even during the snow season & with little machinery. Like so many historical landmarks in Europe, your mind boggles as to how they physically managed to complete such structures back then.
All I can say is, if you ever have the chance to visit Paris, make sure you go to the Eiffel Tower & take in everything it offers - day & night!
Some Historical facts regarding the 'Eiffel Tower'
|La Tour Eiffel|
|Tallest in the world from 1889 to 1930[I]|
Radio broadcasting tower
|Opening||31 March 1889|
|Antenna spire||324.00 m (1,063 ft)|
|Roof||300.65 m (986 ft)|
|Top floor||273.00 m (896 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Owner||City of Paris, France|
|Management||Société d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE)|
|Structural engineer||Maurice Koechlin,|
|Main contractor||Compagnie des Establissments Eiffel|
The tower stands 320 metres (1,050 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-story building. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. However, because of the addition, in 1957, of the antenna atop the Eiffel Tower, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building. Not including broadcast antennas, it is the second-tallest structure in France, after the Millau Viaduct.
The tower has three levels for visitors. Tickets can be purchased to ascend, by stairs or lift (elevator), to the first and second levels. The walk from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the walk from the first to the second level. The third and highest level is accessible only by lift - stairs exist but they are not usually open for public use. Both the first and second levels feature restaurants.
The tower has become the most prominent symbol of both Paris and France, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city.