The Tour that Mr. Eiffel Built
It was built in 1889 for the World’s Fair by Gustave Eiffel. The tallest structure in Paris, it is the most visited paid monument in the world. The tower is 1,063 feet tall but its height varies by up to 5.9 inches depending on the weather. As a comparison, the Eiffel Tower is 17 feet taller than the Chrysler Building in New York City.
You can walk the 300 stairs up to the first level at no charge. The second and third levels are reached by an elevator that holds about 30 people, well it really holds 25 but they jam an extra 5 in just for fun.
It took 300 workers to build the tower and because of Eiffel’s strict safety measures amazingly only one person died during its construction.
Famous visitors to the tower included Sarah Bernhardt, Buffalo Bill Cody, Thomas Edison.
The tower was built as a temporary exhibit and given a permit to stand for 20 years and then be torn down in 1909. Because of the installation of radio antennae on its top, it became a valuable communication tool and was left standing.
You really have no idea the immense size of this tower until you see it in person. As you approach it it just gets larger and larger. I think because of the openness underneath you get a real sense of the expanse of the base as well as the height of it.
They are currently renovating the first level of the tower so there is netting and construction elevators that block your view standing on the ground looking up the center.
The photo on the left is a lightning rod on the tower. The photo on the right has the River Seine in the foreground and on the horizon is Sacre Coeur.
The left photo is looking out over the Trocadero and on the right is the view straight down. You do feel the building sway a bit at the top. There is an inside observation deck but also a very chilly outside deck as well.
Not a very good photo but Gustave Eiffel actually lived in a very small apartment at the top of the tower. Can you imagine what it would have been like during a storm 1,063 feet above the city of Paris?