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Height: 300.51 meters (986 feet) (+/- 15 cm depending on temperature)
The Tour Eiffel was completed in 1889, and at this time, it was the tallest building in the world. It was originally built as a temporary structure in order to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution. This steel construction defied all traditional rules in architecture. Fortunately, the tower was never torn down and since, the Eiffel Tower has become the ultimate symbol of the city of Paris.
Eiffel was an engineer who had lots of experience constructing high-level railway viaducts. The tower design was selected by a competition in which Gustave Eiffel won. For the public, the tower created mixed opinions.
Throughout its construction, the residents became convinced that it would collapse, and Eiffel had to reassure them the opposite many times, several of which in person. On a clear day, you can see from the top of the platform, the whole of Paris and the distant suburbs.
Eiffel Tower has three floors. The first is at 57m, the second at 115m, and the third at 276m. The top of the aerial is 320 meters above the ground. The 12,000 steel girders that make up the tower are held together by 2,500,000 rivets to produce it's smooth, curving profile.
The tower's additional role is telecommunication one – which its only function apart from tourism. Over the last century, the structure has needed few adjustments, but it has seen some surprising cosmetic changes: the original deep red paint-scheme has been covered up with a sober, dusty-chocolate brown since the late 1960s – at least the city is spared the canary yellow that covered the tower for most of its first decade.
In 1986 the external nighttime floodlighting was replaced by an illuminating system within the tower's superstructure, resulting to its magical sight after dark.
The view is, the main attraction, but you can also peer through a window into Eiffel's airy little show-off study, at the very top, while at the second level is the hyper-gastronomic restaurant, Jules Verne.
From January 1 to June 18: 9:30 am - 8:30 pm (11:00 pm via lift)
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