Eiffel Tower is one of the best known and most imitated monuments in the world, the symbol of Paris and of France.
The iron tower is situated on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was initially criticized for its design, but has become 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 was constructed in 1889 at the entrance to the World’s Fair. It was a veritable technical and architectural achievement and a demonstration of French engineering personified by Gustave Eiffel.
The tower is 324 meters (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building. Its base is square, 125 meters (410 ft) on a side.
During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to become the tallest man-made structure in the world. The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second. The top level’s upper platform is 276 m (906 ft) above the ground, the highest accessible to the public in the European Union.
Every evening the Eiffel Tower is adorned with its golden covering and sparkles for 5 minutes every hour on the hour while its beacon shines over Paris.
The Eiffel Tower is the second most visited paying site in France, nearly 7 million visitors per year. It is also a favorite site for foreigners since three out of four visitors is not French. If we combine all the visitors of a site in its history, the Eiffel Tower is the monument that has been the most visited in the World.