Eiffel Tower - Paris, France
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Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member manchanegra
N 48° 51.469 E 002° 17.704
31U E 448293 N 5411890
Quick Description: The Eiffel Tower is an icon for France and one of the world´s famous landmarks.
Location: Île-de-France, France
Date Posted: 7/6/2011 3:38:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMBYZB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 301

Long Description:
The Eiffel Tower was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the Universal Exhibition, a World's Fair marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution.
For two years three hundred workers joined together 18,038 pieces of iron using two and a half million rivets.
The risk of accident was great as, unlike modern skyscrapers, the tower is an open frame without any intermediate floors except the two platforms. However, because Eiffel took safety precautions (unusual in those days), including the use of movable stagings, guard-rails and screens, only one man died.
The tower was inaugurated on 31 March 1889, and opened on 6 May.

The tower was much criticised by the public when it was built, with many calling it an eyesore. Newspapers of the day were filled with angry letters from the arts community of Paris.

Novelist Guy de Maupassant—who claimed to hate the tower supposedly ate lunch in the Tower's restaurant every day. When asked why, he answered that it was the one place in Paris where one could not see the structure. Today, the Tower is widely considered to be a striking piece of structural art.

Eiffel had a permit for the tower to stand for 20 years; it was to be dismantled in 1909, when its ownership would revert to the City of Paris.
The City had planned to tear it down but as the tower proved valuable for communication purposes and it was allowed to remain after the expiry of the permit. The military used it to dispatch Parisian taxis to the front line during the First Battle of the Marne.

Since then, more than 200,000,000 people have visited the tower wich is the most-visited paid monument in the world.

Text from wikipedia

Ticket prices will be diferent if you go all the way to the top (9.3€ Child / 13.4€ an adult) or to the 2nd stage (4.1€ Child /8.2€ Adult)
Name of Source Book: 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, updated ed. (2010)

Page Location in Source Book: 116

Type of Waymark: Site

Location of Coordinates: At the side of the structure

Cost of Admission (Parks, Museums, etc.): 13.00 (listed in local currency)

List Available Hours, Dates, Season:
17 june to 28 August - 9h00 to 0h45 (23h to the top)- Lift Last access at midnight 9h00 to 0h45 - Stairs Last access at midnight Rest of the year 9h00 to 23h45 (22h30 to the top) - Lift Last access at 23h00 9h30 to 18h30 - Stairs Last access at 18h00

Official Tourism Website: [Web Link]

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