This is the tallest building
in Paris, and reigned for 40 years as the tallest in the world. The metal
lattice-work, formed with very pure structural iron,
makes the building both extremely light and able to
withstand tremendous wind forces.
One of the reasons that standing on top of the Eiffel
Tower feels unique is that the structure is open to
the wind, making it seem that one is not actually inside
a building. This open structure also allows visitors
to look "through" the building - to stand
in one part of the building and look through the latticed
wall or floor to another part.
The Eiffel Tower was originally built for the 1889 World
Fair, in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the
French Revolution. During construction, it was considered
an eyesore by the french, but the criticism was silenced
upon completion of the building. Today, a trip to Paris
is not complete without a visit to the top of the Eiffel
If you are not going up the tower,
there is actually very little to do at this atttraction.
You will see more than enough after 20 minutes. If you
want to see the best sight of the Eiffel Tower, go to
Trocodero Station and beside Le Musée d' Homme
you will see the Tower in it's full glory from across
the river. It is here, across the gardens and with the
fountains that all the "classic postcard"
photos of the Eiffel Tower are taken.
taken from the top of Eiffel Tower