Eiffel Tower From Above
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The Eiffel Tower and city of Paris above the rooftops. The Eiffel Tower is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel. Gustave's company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 for the 1889 World's Fair, it is one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris. It is also one of the most-visited monument in the world. The third level observatory's upper platform is the highest in Europe. The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.
The tower is1,050 ft tall. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City. In 1957, the addition of the antenna atop the Eiffel Tower, now is taller than the Chrysler Building. It is the second-tallest structure in France.
The tower has three levels for visitors. It is over 300 steps from ground level to the first level.The highest level (third level) is accessible by lift only. The first and second levels feature restaurants.
The tower has become the most prominent symbol of both Paris and France. The Eiffel Tower played host to Paris's Millennium Celebration. On this occasion, flashing lights and four high-power searchlights were installed on the tower, and fireworks were set off all over it. An exhibition above a cafeteria on the first floor commemorates this event. Since then, the light show has become a nightly event. The searchlights on top of the tower make it a beacon in Paris's night sky, and the 20,000 flash bulbs give the tower a sparkly appearance every hour on the hour.
January 23rd, 2011
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