Standing 324 metres tall, the Eifel Tower is not only the symbol of a capital but of an entire country. Inaugurated in 1889 for the Universal Exposition, it continues to attract visitors from all over the world. The monument has also transformed itself over the decades. It now boasts a fully-refurbished 1st floor with a vertiginous glass platform, and the possibility of entering the iron framework of the structure in order to discover first-hand its impressive architecture and engineering. At the base of the Eifel Tower lies the Champ-de-Mars, a vast park ideal for relaxing, picnicking and admiring the sparkling of 20,000 light-bulbs on the Tower, for the first five minutes of every hour from nightfall. At the opposite end of the garden is the Wall for Peace, erected in 2000; on its glass facades the word ‘peace’ is engraved in 49 languages. Behind it stands the impressive facade of the École Militaire, built during the reign of Louis XV. Today, this building houses a training school for French army officers. It can be visited during the European Heritage Days. A short walk from there are the Unesco headquarters, the seat of this honourable institution since 1958, and the combined work of several major architects and artists of the 20th century: Bernard Zehruss, Marcel Breuer, Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, etc
The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 7.1 million people ascended it in 2011. The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.
The tower stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. Because of the addition of the antenna atop the Eiffel Tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 17 feet (5.2 m). Not including broadcast antennas, it is the second-tallest structure in France, after the Millau Viaduct.
The tower has three levels for visitors. The third level observatory’s upper platform is at 279.11 m (915.7 ft) the highest accessible to the public in the European Union. Tickets can be purchased to ascend, by stairs or lift (elevator), to the first and second levels. The walk from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the walk from the first to the second level. Although there are stairs to the third and highest level, these are usually closed to the public and it is usually accessible only by lift. The first and second levels have restaurants.
The tower has become the most prominent symbol of both Paris and France, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city.
Morning or evening, summer or winter… any time is a great time to come back to and have an other look at the Eiffel Tower and its view over Paris. Savour an experience which is different every time depending on the time of day or the time of year! The opening times vary according to the time of year. Don’t forget to check before you embark on your trip to the top of the Tower !
The opening times
The Eiffel Tower is open every single day of the year !
from 9 a.m. to midnight from 15 June to the 1st of September,
from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the rest of the year,
At Easter weekend and during the Spring holidays : extended opening hours to midnight.
Official Website – www.tour-eiffel.fr
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