The Eiffel Tower was originally intended to be a temporary exhibition for the 1889 World’s Fair! Back in 1889 Paris hosted the Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) as 100 year anniversary of the French Revolution. Two prior the city commissioned artists to compete for the “exhibition’s main entrance piece” and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel won the bid. His company, Eiffel et Compagnie, was a well known construction company and he himself was an architect and a metal expert. Together with his structural engineer, Maurice Koechlin, they designed the concept of the Eiffel Tower.
Restaurants in the Eiffel Tower
- Le 58 tour Eiffel
- Le Jules Verne
- Champagne Bar
Unique Sights by the Eiffel Tower
- Musee d’Orsay
- Arc de Triomphe
History of the Eiffel Tower
Once the tower was completed, which took 2 years, 18,000 pieces of puddle iron, and 2.5 million rivets, the tower stood 10,000 feet tall. At the time it was the tallest building in the world, until 1930 when the New York City’s Chrysler building surpassed it.
The tower was never intended to be a permanent structure, but city officials put off bringing it down until 1909 when it was slated for removal. As some residents didn’t approve its look and felt it was an eye sore to the city’s skyline, but recognizing that it was useful as a radiotelegraph station, city officials decided to keep it.
The Eiffel Tower almost lost again in WWII, when Hitler wanted it destroyed. This time it was because the tower was used for intercepting Germany’s radio communications and relaying troop information. Thankfully, the order was put through and it didn’t happen.
Touring the Eiffel Tower
The tower has undergone some major renovations in recent years, and there are many facets to explore:
- You scare your senses with a transparent floor on the first level. And see the original spiral staircase that Gustave used to climb all the way up to his office.
- The second floor is where you catch the elevators to get to the top, can shop for souvenirs, and enjoy a meal at the buffet or restaurant.
- In the evening the tower is lit up with over 5 billion lights! It used be lit up with gaslights in the “old days.”
Getting to the Eiffel Tower
You can take Bus Routes 82 and 42 which stop at Tour Eiffel, or you can take Bus 87 and 69 which stop at Champ de Mars
There are two lines, Line no.6 “Bir-Hakeim” and Line no.9 “Trocadero.” Line no. 6 travels above ground giving you a great vantage point of seeing the Eiffel Tower as you travel up to it.
You can rent bike all around Paris, which makes for a great way tour the city and see the Eiffel Tower!
Did you know…?
That each point of the four legs on the Eiffel Tower line up perfectly with compass directions, N, E, W, S!
Did you ALSO know…?
The tower is painted every SEVEN years!
Best time of year to travel to Paris
During the spring, summer and fall, are all good times to go to Paris. The winter is beautiful too, but can be quite chilly, especially when travelling to the top of the Eiffel Tower!
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