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Eiffel Tower, the monument

The Eiffel Tower is a puddle iron lattice monument in Paris. The Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris.

The Eiffel Tower is now 324 meters tall (312 meters without antenna. Upon its completion, it 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 6.7 million visitors in 2013, the Eiffel Tower is also the most visited paid monument in the world.

Eiffel Tower information: the history

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

The Eiffel Tower was planned to be demolished in 1909. It was saved at the last moment to be used as a telecommunication tower. With 7 millon visitors yearly, the Eiffel Tower now fully pays for itself.

Eiffel Tower and artists

The Eiffel Tower was a shock to artists when it was built in Paris in 1889. Ever since, the Eiffel Tower 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 inspired Russian painter settled in Paris in 1910. Among his paintings inspired by the Eiffel Tower, see a few 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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