About Eiffel Tower
Champ de Mars
Paris, France 75007
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The unique shape of the structure was designed in order to withstand wind forces. It weights over 10,100 tonnes and is made of 18038 pieces od puddled iron.It is split into three levels, the first two towers are accessible by both stairs and elevators but the third tower is only accessible by elevator.
Aside from being one of the most visited building in the world, it is used for radio transmission. Interestingly, in 1902, the tower was struck by lightning. Its illuminated lights at night are visible across the city.
Metro : Bir Hakeim
RER : Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel
Bus : 42, 69, 72, 82,87
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First To Review: Sam D.
Apr 30, 2009
Officially inaugurated on 31 March 1889, and opened to the public on 15 May the same year, the Eiffel Tower is celebrating its one hundred and twentieth anniversary. Disparaged in its early days, it has today become one of the major symbols of France in the world’s collective unconscious. A tour de force that owes nothing to chance…
Its instantly recognisable silhouette is the stuff of dreams the world over. Yet what critics it had in its early days! In a joint letter, the likes of Guy de Maupassant, Charles Gounod and Alexandre Dumas junior vilified “the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower”, “the dishonour of Paris”. A “hole-riddled suppository” in the view of Huysmans, an “ungainly skeleton” as Maupassant saw it… But Gustave Eiffel was not to be discouraged. The engineer responded to the artists: “the Tower will have its own beauty”.
The public were not mistaken, and visited it en masse from its inauguration at the 1889 Universal Exposition. Two million sightseers flocked to see the tallest building of its day (the Tower retained its title until 1930, when New York’s Chrysler Building was completed). It was a triumph. Tens of thousands of brave souls did not even wait for the installation of lifts to climb to the top.
But once the exhibition was over the bubble burst and the number of visitors fell dramatically. All efforts failed, even reducing the price of admission. Some malcontents even suggested the construction be dismantled. To avoid such a disaster, Eiffel decided to turn his construction to profit by exploiting its scientific potential. A small observation station was installed, then it was the turn of a wireless telegraphy antenna and finally a television broadcast antenna…
Visitors were still very few, and it was not until the 1960s and the emergence of international tourism that visitor numbers finally rose rapidly. The Tower now easily passes the six million visitors a year mark.
Dec 21, 2008
Paris is one of the most famous cities in the world. When we think about Paris the first thing we have in mind is this beautiful tower....Eiffel Tower.
Than we can ask ourselves : what really makes it special ? well, I`m gonna tell you the secret...
. When you first see it in the reality, you just have a feeling it gives you some energy....or you can have a feeling you ve already been there.
And than it makes you wanna fly and be at the top of the tower, to see everything......and than you feel its energy, and you can see all visiters who have visited this place and have admired to this amasing Tower, its hight and beauty, they accually have gave it the power. Its like it sent signals "touch me, reach me".......
and step by step, we are closer and closer to the Tower, but more we come closer, more we have a feeling, were losing it.....
than at the top of the tower, we are happy, we are powerful, but somethings missing, and we can feel it deeply in our souls, the moment of happiness lasts just a few seconds....and its quite amasing!
so finally in my opinion, the Eiffel tower symbolises every gain we wanna acheave, when we are looking at it from the distance, its wonderful, than were doing everything in order to realise it, and once we have it, we are happy but just for a minute, after that we leave that dream cause the other one arrives...........
I had a feeling I had already seen the Eiffel Tower, as I already mentioned, well, of course I had....in my dreams.......and I m gonna always come back to admire it, and to feel over and over and over and over again that a moment, that second when you gain the top........ITS AMASING......AND THATS THE BEAUTY OF LIFE, TO REACH THE TOP EVERY TIME;)
Jan 28, 2011
(ENG) The Eiffel Tower is in fact beautiful. It is giant, I guess. Its gardens are wonderful and confortable. It is pleasant to bring food and drinks to have a picnic near the tower. There is a perfect view of the tower at Champ de Mars, at Jardin du Trocadéro and at the palais de Chaillot.
(FRA) La Tour Eiffel est vraiment belle. Elle est trop grande. Ses jardin sont merveilleux et confortables. C'est très agréable d'apporter de la nourriture et des boissons pour faire un pique-nique près de la tour. Pour une vue parfaite, visitez le Champ de Mars, le Jardin du Trocadéro ou le Palais de Chaillot.
(POR) A Torre Eiffel é realmente linda. Ela é gigante, também. Seus jardins são muito bonitos e confortáveis. É muito agradável levar comidas e bebidas para fazer um piquenique bem perto da torre. Para uma vista perfeita da torre, é recomendável visitar o Champ de Mars, o Jardin du trocadéro ou o Palais de Chaillot.
Oct 23, 2008
The Eiffel Tower is surely one of the most interesting and impressive places I have ever been. It is really cool just to stand under it and looking up. The best time to be there is early in the morning, if you want to go up. Otherwise there is always such a long queue, that it takes too much time to get up there. Also, the best time would be spring or fall, as in winter, because of the weather, the view is not so good. In summer, standing and waiting for an hour or more is unbearable, as is walking up the stairs. The best spot to see the Eiffel Tower is from Trocadero Palace. There is an underground station just around the corner and the square in front of the palace offers a beautiful view on the Tower, but also the Champs de Mars and the Dome des Invalides. If it is warm enough to sit outside, buy some lunch in a nearby supermarket and have a picknick on the grass. You won't be the only one.
Oct 22, 2008
It’s such a crowded spot – but why wouldn’t it be, it is the universal symbol of Paris . Completed in 1897 but has out lived it original 20 year life plan. This is a must do when in Paris even if you line up for an hour. Trivia Did you know Kiwi AJ Hackett was arrested for doing a bungy jump off the Eiffle Tower - was arrested and put in jail for 3 days and charged with an act of terriosm. He was released claiming it was an act of tourism not terrioism