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Its original intention was to stand as a commemoration of the French Revolution; who would have know that after a hundreds year, the Eiffel Tower would stand as a symbol of Paris and be one of, not only the most famous of the Paris attractions, but of the whole worlds attractions?

Because the annual visitors of the Eiffel Tower is typically over six million poeple, and because these people each take a great number of pictures, this is the end result. Up to now, the tower has received over 200 million visitors since it was completed in year 1889.

For a period of two years, there were over 300 workers that participated in putting together more than 18,000 pieces of iron structure to build the 3-level tower. At the moment, the level has 1,500 steps. The total number changes from time to time due to various renovations. The visitors can be thankful that they do not have to climb the whole way up the 300 meter tower, since the area has lots of elevators. The highest portion supports a 24 meter spire.

It is the highest structure found in Paris and its tip may continue bending away from the vertical to 18 cm because its expansion to iron weighing 7,300 metric tons. The sun usually warms one side more than the other.

This is usually the problem with high structures. The engineering of the building was carefully thought through because the strongest winds cannot cause a deflection of greater than five inches to the structure.

Re-painting is done every seven years so, to avoid rusting. More than 50 tons of paint must be used for this. There is actually a vote going on regarding the next color to paint the tower, which is being done using a computer inside the tower.

It is actually still a very memorable structure today, even though it was overtaken by the Chrysler Building as the highest structure in the world in 1930. It still reigned long enough as the tallest building in the world, even though there were many protests that people wanted the place to be torn down as some people found it intrusive and ugly.

It could have actually faced destruction but, thanks to its usefulness, it wasn’t. The structure is more than a decoration because it has been utilized as a part of the communications system almost since its creation. There was an underground radio center in the area in 1909 and, until the year 1957, it was used to transmit television and FM radio.

Ever since, the tower has participated in scientific research. Wulf, in 1910, used it to measure and, as a result, cosmic rays were discovered.

Typically, in Gallic fashion, the structure’s use co-exists with its beauty. The tower boasts two restaurants. One found at the first level, Altitude 95, and another on the second level, Jules Verne. The latter was able to earn a star on the list of Michelin Guide and it can be easily accessed with the use of a private elevator.

Aside from being seen in a bunch of TV commercials and photographs, it is also used more directly as a vehicle for advertising. During the years 1925 to 1934, the tower holds billboards from the automaker Citroen.

However, a visitor doesn’t really need to see a commercial to visit. The fantastic view by its observation platform, especially at sunset, is even more exhilarating in person than as it is in advertisements. All of Paris lights up with its electric lights at sunset.

To go to the tower ride the Metro (which is Paris’subway), going to the Trocadero station. You can walk from the Palais de Chaillot on your way to the Seine.

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shymyrika 5 years ago from Phillippines

This is one of my dream destinations... well-written hub! Very interesting indeed! :)


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festersporling1 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

I hope you can one day go ShyMyrika. Very worth a visit! The Eiffel Tower of course, but also many of the other great locations around Paris.


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi festersporling1!

I have been fortunate to visit Paris several times; it was very easy to travel there when I used to live in the UK. Your photos are fabulous, and I agree that the view from the top of the tower at sunset is simply incredible!

Cloverleaf

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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi festersporling1!

I have been fortunate to visit Paris several times; it was very easy to travel there when I used to live in the UK. Your photos are fabulous, and I agree that the view from the top of the tower at sunset is simply incredible!

Cloverleaf

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