The Eiffel Tower
A few facts that you may or may not know about this mammoth structure that stands out among the buildings in its own park are as follows:
- Built in 1889 as part of the grand entrance to the Paris World Exposition.
- The Tower is 986-feet tall and was the world’s tallest building until New York’s Chrysler Building opened in 1930.
- Designed by Gustave Eiffel, The Eiffel Tower involved a 132 workers and 50 engineers.
- Took under two years to complete and contains around 1,710 steps, but don’t worry you can use the lifts.
- An estimated 5.5 million visitors climbing this structure (well not literally) each year.
- The Eiffel is painted three different shades of color.
- It was meant to be a temporary structure, with just a 20 year lease that was to expire in 1909. The Tower proved to be a valuable part of communication and now, is a permanent historical part of Paris as one of the most visited sites.
One of my favorite options is to purchase tickets in advance and avoid the long lines that can happen when visiting such high tour destinations as The Eiffel Tower. A good option is Viator tour and often a site that I use quite frequently. You often receive local agents when booking with Viator. Check out some skip line options for visiting Eiffel Tower.