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Eiffel Tower - City of Light at Night

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Eiffel Tower Fast Facts

Admission : a ticket to the top by elevator runs about 14.50€ for adults and 10€ for kids under 12. Children under 3 free.

Paris Metro stop: Bir Hakeim ; RER railroad stop: Champ de Mars.

Open daily 9AM - Midnight

Known for its looming presence throughout Paris by day, the Eiffel Tower's most spectacular show comes as night falls - as the tower is bathed in shimmering lights in a high-tech show guaranteed to dazzle even the most unromantic of souls ...

Built as the entryway for the 1889 World's Fair by Gustave Eiffel, the tower was considered an eyesore by many tradition-loving Parisians who hoped that the structure would be removed by year's end.

More than a century later, there the tower remains as an iconic symbol of Paris, attracting some 6 million tourists a year and holding the record as the most visited monument on the planet.

The surprise for many first-time visitors is the enormity of the 1,000-foot tower as they gaze straight up at the superstructure from below. More surprises await with a scenic trip by elevator to the very top of the Paris, laid out before you in 360-degree views.

As ever, dusk is the favorite time to visit the Eiffel Tower just as the sun dips below the horizon. That's when Paris flips the switch to reveal a night filled with even more dynamic color and energy in the fabled City of Light.

By all means, get out to see the rest of city after dark, but first take in the foremost "photo op" experience of Paris nightlife from its highest point, the Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Tower fun facts

contruction of the eiffel tower 1887 - 1889
Construction began in 1887 and took two years to complete. By 1889, the 7,000 ton cast-iron
structure literally towered over Paris at a height equal to a modern 81-story building.

 

view from the top of the eiffel tower
The view from the top.

• Still the highest point in Paris, it was the world's tallest structure when built in 1889 until New York's Chrysler Building took the title in 1931.

• The Eiffel Tower was almost torn down and used for scrap metal 20 years after its construction. The French government decided against it when they realized it could be used for a radio broadcast tower.

• Gustave Eiffel also created the internal frame for the Statue of Liberty.

• From the top, on a clear day, one can see up to 42 miles away.


More about the Eiffel Tower around the Web:


Official site of the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower - Wikipedia

Paris Digest - Eiffel Tower



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