Eiffel Tower

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Let’s be real, you came to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, right? I mean it is a widely recognized structure by people all over the world. So, let’s talk about this monstrosity.

One of the most popular tourist places in Paris was designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1889. The tower was supposed to be temporary. Just set up for the Universal Exposition, but… well… you can see it is still there. There were 107 proposals submitted for the exposition and Eiffel’s won the competition.

At the time there were many people against having the building and in a letter entitled “Artists Against Mr. Eiffel’s Tower” they stated that the tower destroyed the aesthetics of Paris. It was considered an unacceptable blight on the city.

Despite all the negative press surrounding the building, it was constructed over a period of two years. Upon completion, it was licensed for 20 years, after that it would be destroyed. However, when over two million people came to visit the tower during the exposition alone it was decided that the tower could stay becoming a symbol of French industrial power. During the 1900 Exposition, it once again became a main tourist attraction.

Eiffel Tower

Gustave Eiffel decided that he wanted the tower to remain to stand and began trying to prove that it held scientific value. Experiments were conducted in the fields of astronomy and physiology but it wasn’t until it was used as a radio antenna did it prove its worth. During World War I the Eiffel Tower was used for military communications and then went on to radiotelegraphy communications.

Every year, over 7 million visitors climb the tower. Other countries all over the world have replicated the tower in their own ways including Japan, England, China, Romania, Australia, and even Las Vegas, Nevada.

At night the Eiffel Tower lights up the sky in a dazzling display of lights that seem to shine like glitter. Over 20,000 lights provide a show that ends at 1 a.m. This light display was started on December 31, 1985, and was met with much anticipation and glee. You get to see this show for five minutes every hour from dusk until 1 a.m.

Eiffel Tower - Side View

You might hear the rumor that it is illegal to photograph the Eiffel Tower at night. That’s not exactly true. If it is for your own personal use and you are not selling the photo or video then by all means, photograph away. However, if you intend to try to sell said photo or video be prepared for the French government to take you to the task.

 Located in the FAQ section of the SociĂ©tĂ© d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, which is the owner and operator of the tower, it states, “The views from the Eiffel Tower are rights-free. Permission and rights must be obtained from the SociĂ©tĂ© d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel for the publication of photographs of the illuminated Eiffel Tower.”

The easiest way to visit this icon is to purchase your ticket in advance online. You can purchase it here.

I would highly recommend seeing the Eiffel Tower during the day and then at night. It is a different experience each time.

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Best Time to Visit: Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Av. Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France Admission: from 11,30-28,30 euros based on what type of ticket you want to purchase. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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