The Eiffel Tower or in french la tour Eiffel is one of the most popular and most visited attractions of the world. It is the main icon of Paris and France and the most visited paid monument in the world. On top of that, it is considered one of the greatest symbols of love. This iconic tower is located on the Camp de Mars.
The name of the tower comes from an engineer, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, whose company, the Campagnie des Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel, was in charge of the tower’s design and building. However, the design of the tower was not exclusively his, but an architect named Stepehn Sauvestre.
Funnily enough, the tower was originally intended to be situated in Barcelona, Spain but the project was rejected. The construction in Paris began on January 28th, 1887 and was finished on March 15th, 1889. This wonderful icon was the work of three hundred workers with the help of 18,038 pieces of wrought iron and 2.5 million rivets.
Normally, the tower is 324 meters tall, but its height varies by 15 centimeters at times depending on the temperature. It was the tallest building in the world until the year 1930. The tower consists of 1665 steps, which visitors have to climb to get to the top (or take an elevator).
The Eiffel Tower was built in order to celebrate 100 years since the French Revolution and originally, it was not intended to be there permanently and it was scheduled to be demolished in 1909 but, since it was repurposed and became a massive radio antenna, the plans to destroy it vanished.
In the year 1925, Victor Lustig, a con artist, sold the Eiffel Tower to Andre Poisson, a metal dealer. This scam is widely famous and Lustig is known as “The man who sold the Eiffel Tower twice”. Poisson was too ashamed to have fallen for the scam that he never reported it.
At one point, between 1925 and 1936, the Eiffel Tower was the largest billboard in the world as the advertisement on the tower was visible from a distance of 32 kilometers.
The Eiffel Tower is specially beautiful at night as it is lit up using 20,000 light bulbs. The tower has three levels in total, the first one has a transparent floor, an immersion show, a cultural path, spiral staircases, service areas, a souvenir shop and the 58 tour Eiffel restaurant. The second level also has souvenir shops, the buffet, the Jules Verne Restaurant, a window and a lookout point. The top level has Gustave Eiffel’s office, panoramic maps, a model of the top floor and a champagne bar to celebrate getting to the top. The tower has nine elevators which can take visitors to the top if they do not feel like, or are unable to climb the stairs.