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"Eiffel Tower" La Tour Eiffel Tip by xiquinho

La Tour Eiffel, Paris: 600 reviews and 1,069 photos

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by xiquinho

The most famous place in Paris is La Tour Eiffel. This is named after the man who designed it, Gustave Eiffel.

The 1889 World Expo in Paris was held to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution in 1789. In 1884, it was decided to hold a competition to design an attraction which would bring more visitors to the World Expo. There were hundreds of entries, some of which - like a giant guillotine - were rather unusual. Eiffel's design of the Tower was the winning entry.

It took about twenty-six months to construct the Tower. At that time, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world at 321 metres in height. (1051 feet) It weighed 7 000 tonnes and two and half million rivets were used in its construction.

To begin with, the Eiffel Tower was not at all popular with the people of Paris. They did not like its shape, they thought it looked ugly. They wanted to pull it down as soon as the World Expo had finished.

However, it proved to be the most popular place in Paris to visit. When World Expo had finished, people from all over the world were still coming to Paris, just to see the Eiffel Tower. So the people of Paris decided that they would keep it. Now it is ranked as the number one tourist attraction in the world.

Address: Trocadero
Directions: You can't miss it!!! The Eiffel Tower is open till 11pm. each night so it may be visited when most other attractions are closed. At night, the lights of Paris are very beautiful when seen from the top of the Tower.
Phone: +33 892 70 12 39

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  • Updated Oct 23, 2004
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