I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.
— Gustave Eiffel
Mankind, they say, is gifted with such ingenuity that is beyond imagination and insight, and the Eiffel Tower is the barefaced testament to it. The most visited monument in the world has beauty so unsurpassed that demands no descriptions, and fame so rampant that needs no introductions. More than six million people flock to it each year, in order to witness the man-made extravaganza themselves.
The tower stands proudly on a scenic backdrop of Ecole Militaire and Champ de Mars on either side of it. This Parisian symbol was designed by Gustave Eiffel, an engineer with gifted abilities for iron structures, and it was named after him. The prominent landmark was originally built in 1889 for Exposition Universelle, a fair that celebrated the centenary of the French revolution. The construction of this striking beauty took a mere two years, with 300 workers working endlessly for many days and nights.
The most astonishing fact about the Eiffel Tower is that it was never meant to be a permanent structure. It attracted a lot of criticism in the name of safety and was even accused of demising the city’s skyline. It was almost knocked down at one point. However, by 1910, it was so loved and treasured that a lease had to be issued.
As far as the dimensions are concerned, the Eiffel Tower is truly an epitome of superlative engineering. It has a height of 324 meters and a width of 125 meters. It weighs about 10,000 tons and contains 18,000 discrete metal parts. It takes 60 tons of paint to gloss it and this repainting has to be done every seven to ten years to ensure and safeguard the exquisiteness.
The Eiffel Tower accounts much of its appeal for tourists to the way it has been illuminated. At the beginning of every hour for the entire day, 20,000 bulbs resplendent it to exhibit its sheer splendor and charm. The spotlights are rotated in a way that amplifies the genius of the latticework structure. Climbing to the top of the tower is exemplary for experiencing the phenomenal glimpses of Paris city with all its excruciatingly bare flamboyance.
There are two restaurants in the Eiffel Tower catering to visitors. These are Jules Verne on the second level and Altitude 95 on the first level. Jules Verne is believed to offer the most irresistible and delectable food in all of Paris and at a height, the breathtaking views further sweeten the deal for the clientele reeling in.
If you love travelling and want the best of everything, the Eiffel Tower is indeed your choice. The architecture, the backdrop, the majestic views combine to truly make the tower a jewel of art.
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