Every year, at least seven million people visit the Eiffel Tower. It is a must-visit destination for those visiting the City of Lights.
Why is Eiffel Tower a must-visit? The main reason for this is perhaps the fact that this monumental landmark is what best describes the capital of France. Yes, Paris is home to numerous architectural wonders (think museums and chateaus), but Eiffel Tower stands out as the most famous tourist attraction. Ask any small child about the city and they will tell you that the Eiffel Tower is Paris and Paris is the Eiffel Tower.
Construction of the Eiffel Tower started in 1887. According to the tower’s official website, the structure’s inauguration took place on March, 1889. In the early 1900’s, guests were able to travel between the floors of the tower by elevators. At the time, this was a huge feat worth noting. As of 2018, Eiffel Tower is a top-notch attrition.
Although the construction process was dogged by several challenges, this did very little to prevent the Eiffel Tower’s completion. When you make your way to its top, you will be able to see Paris better than you’ve ever seen it before, and you won’t help wondering why someone would want to frustrate the construction of such an amazing monument that embodies fine architecture and a beautiful work of art.
Inside the Tower
The tower is famed for its amazing beauty, but are you aware that you will find more than just beauty once you step inside this monumental structure? For instance, there is the Gustave Eiffel, a Bourdelle-made carving made in 1929, on the ground floor. You will also find several souvenir shops and a snack bar here. The elevator machine, which has been repaired and restored over the years, is also found on this floor. The machine has been in use since 1899- certainly you were nowhere under the sun.
The second floor boasts a snack bar of its own and a sit-down restaurant. Other things that call this floor home are the Paris-Tour Eiffel Post Office, a souvenir shop, an old spiral staircase, the tower’s exhibitions, and panoramic indicators. Moving up the tower leads you to a panoramic view of Paris, where you will see every detail of the capital.