The Eiffel Tower in Paris
By Ale Coyote |
Discover the secrets of the Eiffel Tower, an icon of identity for the French and a monument that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.
EIFFEL TOWER TOUR
Universal Exposition, 1889
“…To build a square-based 300-meter tall and 125-meter wide iron tower on the Champs de Mars.”
This was the call for proposals for a fitting monument the organizing committee of the Universal Exposition decided to post on the official Journal of France before the 100thanniversary of the French Revolution (1889). The project was so appealing that they received 107 different ideas! However, the winner was Gustave Eiffel who, turns out, gave name to the magnificent tower that overlooks the Parisian landscape and that is also known as “The Iron Lady”.
CONSTRUCTION OF THE EIFFEL TOWER
The construction of the Eiffel Tower began in 1887 and ended on March 31st 1889, a few months before the celebration. Therefore, in only 2 years, 2 months and 5 days, one of the most important stars of French architecture was built.
VISITING THE EIFFEL TOWER
The Eiffel Tower has been an icon of identity for the French since the beginning. It’s one of the most visited attractions in the world, particularly by Europeans, as well as one of the most popular subjects for photographers.
Apart from admiring the tower from the surrounding square, DINKtravelers recommends climbing up to the overlooks from where you’ll be able to see the rest of the city. Do so at night, when the main Parisian monuments are illuminated to decorate the romantic landscape.
The ticket entrance for the overlooks varies depending on the characteristics of your visit, so you’ll be able to choose between different possibilities such as taking the lift or climbing up the stairs –prices range between 3.50 and 15 euros–. Our advice: in order to avoid long lines at the ticket office, you should buy your entrance ticket online. Also, be patient if during your visit they don’t allow you to reach the tallest overlook. Sometimes if it’s too crowded they cancel the access to this area for safety reasons.
Even if you have already been to this monument, it’s a great idea to visit it again because in 2014 they inaugurated a new crystal floor on the tower’s first level. There, tourists can take fun and thrilling zenithal photos –from top to bottom in a 90-degree angle– of the square below.
By nightfall you can enjoy a beautiful evening in one of the restaurants located on the first and second levels of the tower, or try exquisite French champagne at the bar located on the third level.
EIFFEL TOWER FUN FACTS
- In order to make the monument stand out at night, first they used 10,000 gas lamps which were later replaced by electric bulbs. Nowadays, you can see 5,000 tinkling LEDs that resemble thousands of little stars.
- The vertexes on the base of the tower are oriented with the four cardinal points.
- The tower is conformed by 28,000 pieces and weighs 10,100 tons.