Eiffel Tower facts

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Facts: the Eiffel Tower was the world tallest building from 1889 until 1930. She is the world's most visited paid monument.

Eiffel Tower key facts

The Eiffel Tower - Tour Eiffel in french - is by far the tallest building in Paris. She is a puddle iron lattice monument.

The Eiffel Tower is now 324 meters tall (312 meters excluding the antenna). Upon its completion, she surpassed the Washington Monument (169 meters) as the tallest monument in the world. The Chrysler Building in New York City (319 meters) took the record in 1930. The first floor of the Eiffel Tower is 57 meters and 360 steps from the ground. The second floor is 115 meters and 1060 steps from the ground.

With 6.91 million visitors in 2015, the Eiffel Tower is also the most visited paid monument in the world.

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Eiffel Tower in Paris
The famous Eiffel Tower view from Palais de Chaillot

Eiffel Tower facts: the history

Completed in 1889 for Paris world exhibition to celebrate the progress of technology, the Eiffel Tower was designed and built in just two years by 132 workers and 50 engineers. The Tower was much criticized by Parisians when it was built.

The Eiffel Tower was planned to be demolished in 1909. She was saved at the very last moment as she could be turned into a telecommunication tower. With 7 millon visitors yearly, this iconic Paris monument now fully pays for itself.

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Eiffel Tower history: construction of the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower facts: resources

Tour Eiffel visit information
Coach tours
Restaurants with Eiffel Tower view
Eiffel Tower at night
Eiffel Tower walking tour
Official information web site
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Detailed facts: additional resource
Eiffel Tower on Paris map.

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Eiffel Tower and artists

The Eiffel Tower was a shock to artists when she was built in Paris in 1889. Ever since, this amazing monument kept inspiring many famous writers and painters.

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), a famous French poet, wrote the quite modern Zone poem in 1913.

Marc Chagall (1887-1985), the famous Russian painter settled in Paris in 1910. The iconic Paris monument inspired many masterpieces:

Pont de Passy et Tour Eiffel (1911)
Paris a travers la fenetre (1913)
La Tour Eiffel (1934)
Les maries de la Tour Eiffel (1938)

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