The most famous architectural landmark of Paris, a symbol of France. It is the tallest structure in Paris and the fifth-highest in France.
The tower looks grand during the day, but it is worth to show the children the illuminations in the evening, when it sparkles with thousands of lights.
Interesting fact: The tower was built specially for the Paris World Exhibition in 1889. It had to demonstrate the level of engineering knowledge and technical capabilities of the era, a symbol of the contemporary economic power, scientific and technical France. After 20 years the building was intented to be demolished.
Its designer, Gustave Eiffel, did not want that to happen. He decided to pass it on to science. He founded at the tower an aerodynamic and a meteorological laboratory. However, only successful experiments (led by Julian Ochorowicz, an inventor and constructor) with a wireless telegraph located at the top of the structure, the tower was saved, and its removal was abandoned.
On the eve of World War I it became a military object - it connected Paris with military checkpoints on the border with Germany (up to that time carrier pigeons have been used for communications ).
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Open daily from 9:00 to 00:00 (from 15 June to 1 September) and from 9:30 to 23:00 (for the rest of the year)Tickets adults: