The Eiffel Tower

IMG_1357At 324m in height, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world when it was built in 1889, and it’s tremendous height was surpassed by the Chrysler Building in New York 41 years later. Today it is still is the tallest building in Paris, and you can see it from almost anywhere.

The Eiffel Tower’s original design was created by the Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel. Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the namesake of the Eiffel Tower, led this company. The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World’s Festival, and was created to celebrate 100 years since the French Revolution.

Construction on the Eiffel Tower started on the 28th of January 1887. In December of 1887, the scaffolding of the legs was almost finished, and in March of 1888, the 1st level was completed. Half a year later, they had started building the 3rd level, and the main structural work was finished at the end of March 1889.

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The Glass Floor on the Second Level

My family and I decided to walk up to the second level of the Eiffel Tower and take the elevator to the third, as you’re not allowed to climb the stairs to the top level. Once we got to the second level, expecting to be able to hop onto the elevator up, we found a line that wrapped all the way around the floor! And just a few minutes later, huge storm clouds appeared, and strong winds blew through the deck. Right after we got under the covered part, it started POURING. Thankfully we were on the side of the Eiffel Tower that was protected, so we didn’t get soaked. Fortunately, the storm had blown through by the time we got to the top.

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View from the Top

The view from the top was fantastic, and you could barely see the people on the ground! They looked like tiny ants! From the top of the Eiffel Tower you could see for miles. We saw many of the other places we had visited or intended to visit. Such as, the Louvre, the Palace d’Elysée, and Notre Dame, just to name a few.

There are 669 steps from the ground to the second level, so by the end of the day our legs were tired, as we had walked up/down 1338 stairs! The Eiffel Tower is an amazing place, and if you ever visit Paris, I strongly  recommend visiting it.

A few facts:

  • For maintenance purposes the Eiffel Tower has to be repainted with 50 to 60 tonnes of pain every 7 years
  • An average of 25, 000 people visit the Eiffel Tower each day
  • Since it’s creation, the Eiffel Tower has had more then 8 million visitors