A magical name in Paris, a euphoric gem that describes a sight that everyone desires to see at least once in his/her life is none other than the great Eiffel Tower. What would Paris be like without Eiffel Tower?
Paris had no doubt proved its charm to the world before the tower was even built with many amazing monuments such as, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and Notre-Dame.
It’s quite interesting to know that now the Eiffel Tower surpasses them all in height and can be seen from each of these three buildings from a peculiar, interesting, angle. But, do you know all curiosities this tower enshrouds? Let’s unravel all!
Eiffel Tower was never supposed to be permanent! What?
The Eiffel Tower at the beginning was anticipated to be demolished 20 years after the Universal Exposition. Nevertheless, the French Navy added a radio antenna at the highest point that saved it from destruction. During the Nazi occupation of Paris (1940-44) the antenna was actually used to broadcast German television.
Is the Eiffel Tower the highest structure in France?
If you think of Eiffel Tower was the highest structure in France, then there is something you guys really need to know, the tower lost its status of the highest building back in the year 2004, to the Viaduct of Millau whose central pylon reaches a height of 343 m. Nonetheless, the fascinating tower remains the highest monument in Paris. Yeah!
How many visitors can the Eiffel Tower hold at the same time?
The answer is more than 5,000. Much wow to that! The first platform is at 57 metres and can carry a total of 3,000 people simultaneously. The second at 115 metres can support 1,600 and the summit of the tower can hold up 400.
Locals Were Not So Fond of the Eiffel At First
When the Eiffel Tower was built, many prominent intellectuals of the day (including famous French author Guy de Maupassant) protested fervently against it, calling it a gigantic black smokestack’ that would ruin the beauty of Paris.
Clicking a Pic of The Eiffel Tower Is Illegal
The Tower lights up each hour at night and sparkles in what is called the Illumination Show. You could be levied for clicking its picture and sharing it on social media platforms, since the government claims that this light display is ‘art work’, hence, copyrighted.
Eiffel Tower in Paris is the most visited tourist attraction in the world that hosts more than 6 million guests each year, thus making it the most visited paid monument around the globe! Now if that doesn’t convince you to visit this splendid, beloved and alluring monument, nothing will! So, what are you waiting for?
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