La Tour Eiffel

The Eiffel Tower was constructed as an entrance to the World Fair held in Paris in 1889. It was named after the Engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower, completing the work between 1887 and 1889. Initially, the structure was criticised and disliked by the locals and was supposed to be demolished 20 years after the World Fair. However, it attained such fame that it was decided to let it remain. Today Eiffel tower is the most iconic landmark in Paris and the most visited paid monument in the world.

Standing at 324 meters, The Eiffel tower offers stunning panoramic views of the Paris skyline. It was the tallest building in the world when it was built, but has been overtaken by other taller buildings since. Interestingly, the initial design was rejected by Gustave Eiffel and he finally approved the final design in 1884. Around 300 steel workers worked tirelessly over two years using more than 18,000 individual metallic parts and 2.5 million rivets. The tower itself is 300 meters and the top 24 meters is the telegraphy antenna. This very antenna helped jam the German signals at the Battle of Marne during the First World War. The Eiffel tower actually moves, but it was designed in such a way that it never sways more than 4.5 inches.

The Eiffel tower is painted every 7 years and an astonishing 60 tonnes of Paint is required for the same. Adolf Hitler ordered the military governor of Paris Dietrich Von Choltitz to destroy the tower but luckily the order was never carried out. The Eiffel tower has been part of many movies, including a James Bond movie. Today there are restaurants and boutique shops within the tower. A visit to Paris cannot be complete without visiting the Eiffel tower.

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