Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower)


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The tower Eiffel is an iron tower built on the champs de Mars beside the river Seine. The structure was built between the 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the exposition Universelle, a world fair making the centennial celebration of the french revolution. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and one of the most recognized structures in the world. More than 200.000.000 people visited the tower since the construction this makes the tower the most visited paid monument in the world per year. The Tower was named after its designer engineer Gustave Eiffell.

Including the (79ft or 24m) antenna the structure is 324m (1.063ft) high which is equivalent to about 81 levels in a conventional building. The Eiffell tower weighs 7.300 tons. depending on the ambient temperature, the top of the tower may shift away from the sun by up to 18 cm (7 inches), due to thermal expansion of the metal on the side facing the sun. The tower also sways 6-7cm (2-3in) in the wind. The first and seconds levels are accessible by stairs and lift. A ticket booth at the south tower base sells tickets to use the stairs which begin at that location. On the first platform the stairs continue up from the east tower. The third level summit is only accessible by lift. Once you are on the first or second platform, the stairs are open for anyone to ascend or descend regardless if you have purchased a lift ticket or stair ticket. The actual count of stairs includes 9 steps to the ticket booth at the base, 328 steps to the first level, 340 steps to the second level, and 18 steps to the lift platform on the second level. When exiting the lift at the third level, 15 more steps exist to ascend to the upper observation platform. The actual step count is printed periodically on the side of the stairs to give an indication of progress. The majority of the ascent allows for an unhindered view of the area directly beneath and around the tower except during brief stretches of the stairway that are enclosed.

The entrance fee to the top floor is of 11.50 euros for more enquiries about fees and information visit the official site of the Eiffel tower.

Eiffel Tower
Champ De Mars
Paris, 75007

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