Eiffel Tower Tourist Attractions
Eiffel Tower Tourist Attractions – The Eiffel Tower is a incuse iron grating tower on the Champ de Mars which is located in Paris, France. It is named prior to the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company built and designed this tower. Built as the entrance in 1889 to the 1889 World’s exhibition, it was firstly criticized by several of the leading intellectuals and artists of the France for its pattern, however has become an iconic symbol of the global cultural of France and one of the most recognisable buildings in the world. This tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world and is tallest one in Paris. In 2011, there are 6.98 million people ascended it. In 2010 this tower had its 250 millionth visitor.
This tower has 324 metres tall which is about the same height as an eighty one storey building. Its basis is square which is 125 metres on a side. The Eiffel Tower once surpassed the Washington Monument to be the tallest artificial structure in the world during its construction, a title which it held for forty one years till the Chrysler Building which located New York City was constructed in 1930. In 1957, due to the addition of the aerial which situated at the top of the tower, today it is taller than the Chrysler Building by about 5.2 metres. It is not including the broadcast aerials, it is the second tallest building after the Millau Viaduct in France.
The tower contains three levels for the tourists, with the restaurants on the first and second floor. The upper platform of the top level is 276 m above the ground level, the highest reachable to the public within the European Union. The tickets can be purchased to take the stairs or lift to reach the first and second levels. The climb from the ground level to the first level is more than 300 steps, as is the walk up from the first level to the second one. Despite there is a staircase to the top level provided, it is usually only reachable by lift.
A towering spire which has become to symbolize the Eiffel Tower, the City of Lights is a must see attraction for any tourists to Paris. Almost 200,000,000 people have taken a tour to the tower as it was finished in 1889. Surprisingly, the Eiffel Tower was never meant to be the permanent fixture. The architect, Gustav Eiffel designed this tower as an fair for the 1889 World’s Exhibit. The Art Nouveau building was a hit from the start, however, and its use as the radio transmitter during the early 1900’s helped ensuring its longevity.
With a height of 300 meters it became the tallest tower in the world till 1930, when the Chrysler Building which located in New York was finished. It retains as the tallest structure in Paris now. This wrought-iron tower is painted a lighter color at its bottom and a darker shade painted on the top to dramatize the height of the tower and give it an appearance of a uniform color. The tourists can take the elevator to view the incredible views of this city or dine in one of the two best restaurants which are located within the tower. The booking tickets in advance allows the tourists to avoid the long lines.