Eiffel Tower Facts
The Eiffel Tower is a grand structure that is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It was built in 1889, and stands 324 metres tall. The Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world, and it held this title for 41 years. The Chrysler Building in New York City was built taller than the Eiffel Tower, in 1930, but an addition of an antenna on top of The Eiffel Tower then made it taller than The Chrysler Building. Today, The Eiffel Tower is the second tallest building in France, not including antennas, and is only surpassed by the Millau Viaduct.
The designer Gustave Eiffel, created and engineered the concept of The Eiffel Tower, and it was built to stand as the entrance to the World’s Fair. Surprisingly, at the time The Eiffel Tower was considered an eye-sore and was not appreciated by the general public. The progressive design was considered as unattractive and disruptive to the beauty of Paris as a city.
Gustave Eiffel, whom the tower was also named after, received a lot of criticism from those who did not favour the unique design, or appreciate the structural expertise that was required to hold up such a tall building. If he was alive today, however he would be pleased to learn that his design is not only appreciated, but loved by many in France, and also around the world. The Eiffel Tower is the highest visited tourist structure in the world, that requires an entry fee. Visitors flock from all countries to climb the tower, either by elevator or by foot.
The first and second levels of the tower contain impressive restaurants with local foods and magnificent city views. The top level can only be reached by elevators and boasts the best views of all. The Eiffel Tower is an image that speaks romance, and if you have a valentine, this is the place to take them for the ultimate treat.