The tower does an electric dance for five minutes every hour on the hour until 1 AM, with 20,000 lights making a breathtaking display - if you’re nearby at night, make sure you have a look.
You might be surprised to hear that a lot of Parisians — including arbiters of taste Guy de Maupassant and Alexandre Dumas — didn’t like it when it was built.
French engineer Gustave Eiffel, famous for his viaducts and bridges, spent two years designing and building the iconic tower for the World Exhibition in 1889, a huge fair to celebrate industry and trade from around the world. Looking at the structure, it’s quite clear the architect usually did bridges.
Despite its industrial design, there’s no denying the tower is one of the most recognisable landmarks the world over. Gradually it has became part of the city's topography, entering the hearts and souls of residents and visitors alike.
Like the London Eye, it has exceeded its initial charter of ten years which expired in 1909. Thankfully, the city realised it could be used as a radio antenna.
In 2012, a transparent floor 57 metres above the esplanade was added alongside an interactive educational area. As part of French efforts to send an ecological message, a mini turbine plant, four vertical turbine windmills, and eco-friendly solar panels minimize the tower's carbon footprint.
The energetic visitor can stride up 1,700 steps as far as the third floor, but going to the top requires the elevator. At 180 metres up, the view is incredibly romantic. Come in the late evening after the crowds have dispersed, and beat the queues by reserving your ticket online.
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