The tallest building in Paris is also one of the worlds most recognised monuments and has become a symbol of all things French. The Eiffel Tower is also the most visited monument in the world and it has been estimated that over 200 million people have visited the tower since it’s opening.
The Eiffel tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel for the 1888 World Fair in Barcelona, however it was refused entry to that event by the authorities at that time. Later the design was submitted to the Parisians for consideration and it was accepted, and the tower was completed in 1889 and opened on 6 May that same year. It was the tallest structure in the world until 1930 and is still the fifth tallest structure in Paris. The tower is quite remarkable, not just because of it’s indisputable beauty, but also because of the economy of design employed. The entire structure only weighs 10,000 tonnes, while a cylinder of air the same height as the tower and of an equal diameter at the base would weight only slightly more.
Visitors to the Eiffel Tower can purchase tickets at the base to ascend the tower. There are three levels accessible to visitors, the first two can be reached by either stairs of elevators while the third and highest level is accessible only by lift.