"The Symbol of Paris" Eiffel Tower Tip by Tom_Fields

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Gustav Eiffel designed this tower to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the French Revolution, in 1889. It was part of the Universal Exposition, and intended to be temporary. But it became such a popular attraction that it was left standing permanently. Standing 274 meters (899 feet), it was the world's tallest structure until the Empire State Building was completed in New York.

At the time, many Parisians objected to leaving it up, commenting on how ugly it was and how it clashed with the city's classical, medieval, and Renaissance buildings. But it has come to symbolize Paris, and even France itself. It remains the city's most recognized structure.

You just have to see the city from the summit. It's unforgettable.

Address: 5 Ave Anatole France, Champs de Mars 75007
Directions: You can't miss it. It's on the Left Bank, near Les Invalides.
Phone: 33 (0) 1 44 11 23 23
Website: http://www.tour-eiffel.fr/teiffel/uk/

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  • Written Nov 15, 2008
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