This wrought iron tower stands glimmering and high above the streets of the Champs de Mars in Paris, France was constructed during the 1889 World’s Fair and Tour Eiffel has become a global cultural icon representing France.
The Eiffel Tower along with the Statue of Liberty and Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia are all internationally recognizable structures… But this tower, which happens to be the tallest structure in Paris, is also the MOST-visited paid monument in the world!
YFact: The addition of the Aerial built atop the tower in 1957, boosted the tower 5.2 meters taller than the Chrysler Building, making it the tallest man-made structure in the world! Say What?! Yup, the tower is 324 meters tall (about an 81 story building) and 410 feet on a side of its square base.
Engineered by Gustave Eiffel… That happens to be where the tower attached itself a surname, he was inspired by the Latting Observatory, built in New York City in 1853. Considered to be art derived from a modern engineer, the tower took two years to be built and since a glass floor has now been built on the first level, during its 2014 refurbishment to modernize that timeless piece of history that marks Parisian culture. It also had some practical use, as it was used for making radio transmissions since the beginning of the 20th century and in 1909 the first cordless telegraph communication test linked the tower with the town of Villejuif, 8 Kilometers away and the results were excellent!
To The Y Life, one of the most interesting factoids is… In 1944, during The Liberation of Paris, American troops actually set up transmission equipment on the second level of the tower, in order to communicate with ports on the Channel, Great Britain and troops that had been camped out on the outskirts of the city!
The tower is located at the intersection of the quai Branly and the Pont d’lena and is visited by nearly 25,000 visitors each day!
P.S… Purchase your tickets online to help avoid some of the long lines you will encounter in Paris!
You can still find the tower illuminated and twinkling in the Parisian night sky, because in 1978 Jacques Chirac, the mayor of Paris offered Parisians a ‘Christmas Tree’ illuminated with 30,000 lights! Then it was followed in 1985, by The Golden Lighting, invented by Pierre Bidaeu, an electrician and lighting engineer. Referred to as the starting point of France’s nocturnal revival of monuments movement, it consisted of 336 projectors (now there are more) lighting up the monuments and glowing in the darkness!
Happy Birthday Eiffel Tower!
XoX, The Y Life