9:01 pm - Friday November 17, 2017

The Eiffel Tower

An icon of France, the Eiffel Tower in Paris has gained its name and fame with citizens of all nations and all ages. It is located on the banks of the River Seine. Like the Statue of Liberty in the United States, the Eiffel Tower in Europe stands tall in its ever-increasing number of visitors year after year. Over 5 million tourists swarm the tower in a year and in fact it is the world’s highest paid-monument. Until 1930, when the Chrysler building in the New York City was built, it was the Eiffel Tower that remained the world’s tallest building, nearly for about 40 years. It is not only a sight-seeing place but also serves as a communication hub all over France. The antennae on top of the 984 feet-high tower, measures 79 feet in height. The total weight of the tower is 10,100 ton. 1652 steps need to be taken before one can reach the third level. However, there are elevator services up and down to all levels.
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was the great engineer who had designed this monumental structure. He has also designed a part of the Statue of Liberty in the New York City. On account of the 100th year of the Bastille storming and the French revolution, a world far event was organized in 1889. For the purpose of an entrance arch for the world fair, Gustave and his team constructed the Eiffel Tower for two years from 1887 to 1889 with the help of 300 workers. Though a huge landmark today, the tower received serious controversies from artists around France at the time of construction. It was considered to be veiling the panoramic sky view of the city. An incident that would highlight the condemnation by the artisans is of the French Novelist, Guy de Maupassant. In order not to see the tower, he would have his lunch at the tower’s restaurant. Nevertheless, against all odds, the tower has not only lived several years by now but also proved to be a symbol of France.
The Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel and Mercure Paris Suffren Tour Eiffel are the highly recommended hotels near Eiffel Tower. However, there are other notable hotels in France which many tourists prefer. The Bir-Hakeim and the Trocadero are the nearest metro stations. People who are moving to France keep Eiffel tower at the top of their first-weekend trips in the country. It is a typical example of P.B.Shelly’s Ozymandias; human life is short whereas human art will stand for centuries to come.

 

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