Eiffel Tower, Paris

Postcard: Eiffel Tower Paris

An object of discord, desire and fascination, the Eiffel Tower never fails to impress.

  • The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France.
  • It is a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
  • It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
  • It is locally nicknamed as “La dame de fer” (French for “Iron Lady”).
  • It was constructed from 1887 to 1889 as the centerpiece of the 1889 World’s Fair.
  • As France’s symbol in the world, and the showcase of Paris, today it welcomes almost 7 million visitors a year (around 75% of whom are foreigners), making it the most visited monument that you have to pay for in the world.
  • The Tower was made a Monument historique in 1964 and named part of UNESCO World Heritage Site (“Paris, Banks of the Seins”) in 1991.
  • At 324 metres it is the tallest structure in Paris.
  • It was the first structure in the world to surpass both the 200-metre and 300-metre mark in height.
  • The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels. The top level’s upper platform is 276 m above the ground – the highest observation deck accessible to the public in the EU.
  • The Tower also represents the magic of light. Its lighting, its sparkling lights and its beacon shine and inspire dreams every evening.
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