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Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower (French: La Tour Eiffel, [tuʁ ɛfɛl], nickname La dame de fer, the iron lady) is a puddled iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. Built 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.


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When Gustave Eiffel’s company built Paris’ most recognizable monument for the 1889 World’s Fair, many regarded the massive iron structure with skepticism. Today, the Eiffel Tower, which continues to serve an important role in television and radio broadcasts, is considered an architectural wonder and attracts more visitors than any other paid tourist attraction in the world.

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The Eiffel {y'-ful} Tower, an immense stucture of exposed latticework supports made of puddle iron, was erected for the Paris Exposition of 1889. The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII of England) officiated at the ceremonial opening. Of the 700 proposals submitted in a design competition, one was unanimously chosen, a radical creation from the French structural engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (b. Dec. 15, 1832, d. Dec. 28, 1923), who was assisted in the design by engineers Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier, and architect Stephen Sauvestre.

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The Eiffel tower was finished in 1889 and was nearly torn down 20 years later after its lease expired. However, it was kept because many thought its antenna for telegraphy would be useful.

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The tower has two restaurants and both are located on the first floor. There is an inbuilt lift that can take you to the top floor so you can witness the marvelous view of Paris, France.

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Also, the Eiffel Tower at hours of darkness is experienced as one of the few most beautiful attractions in this city as well as shines in a golden color, which is visible to the majority of areas in Paris. Even these days, the Eiffel Tower acts as a sign of the beauty of Paris.

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Gustave Eiffel, also known as "the Iron Magician," was also the mastermind behind the Statue of Liberty.

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On a clear day you can see 80 km in all directions from the top. It is often sunny at the top when the weather in the Paris streets is cloudy.

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The Eiffel Tower, built in commemoration of the French Revolution, was the tallest building in the world when it was unveiled at the Paris World's Fair in 1889. Although it has been surpassed in height by nearly a dozen skyscrapers since then, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel's chocolate-brown, 984-foot open-lattice wrought-iron tower remains one of the world's premiere tourist attractions.

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We can even learn that a woman once jumped off the Eiffel Tower, bonuced off the roof of a parked car, and survived

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The tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, but many hated it when it opened in 1889.

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