the eiffel tower

One of the most famous icons of France and a widely recognised structure around the world is the Eiffel Tower. It was originally built for the World’s Fair in 1889 to celebrate the bicentennial of the French Revolution, much to the displeasure of local artists. They strongly believed the Eiffel Tower would be a “…ridiculous tower dominating Paris like a gigantic black smokestack, crushing under its barbaric bulk the Notre Dame, the Tour Saint-Jacques, the Louvre, the Dome of les Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe, all of our humiliated monuments will disappear in this ghastly dream.” They were obviously wrong.
The initial design was altered slightly to make it look more artistic by adding the four arches to the otherwise rigid structure, so once the tower was erected, many artists had changed their minds whilst others remain sceptical to this day.
The Eiffel Tower remained the tallest building in the world for the next 40 years after being built and soon became a symbol of French culture and architecture. Constructed of more than 7,000 tonnes of wrought iron and standing 324 meters into the sky, the tower offers phenomenal views of this historic city spread out below.
So whether you wake up early to join the queue for the stairs or the elevators or simply enjoy a picnic in Champ de Mars (the park below) with the incredible backdrop, you can’t help but feel a bit giddy when you have a view of this amazing structure.

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