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A Bit of History

The Eiffel Tower was built for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889 commemorating the centenary of the French Revolution. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII of England, opened the tower. Of the 700 proposals submitted in a design competition, Gustave Eiffel's was unanimously chosen.

However it was not accepted by all at first, and a petition of 300 names - including those of Maupassant, Emile Zola, Charles Garnier (architect of the Opéra Garnier), and Dumas the Younger - protested its construction.

At 300 metres (320.75m including antenna), and 7000 tons, it was the world's tallest building until 1930. Other statistics include:

  • 2.5 million rivets.
  • 300 steel workers, and 2 years (1887-1889) to construct it.
  • Sway of at most 12 cm in high winds.
  • Height varies up to 15 cm depending on temperature.
  • 15,000 iron pieces (excluding rivets).
  • 40 tons of paint.
  • 1652 steps to the top.

It was almost torn down in 1909, but was saved because of its antenna - used for telegraphy at that time. Beginning in 1910 it became part of the International Time Service. French radio (since 1918), and French television (since 1957) have also made use of its stature.

During its lifetime, the Eiffel Tower has also witnessed a few strange scenes, including being scaled by a mountaineer in 1954, and parachuted off of in 1984 by two Englishmen. In 1923 a journalist rode a bicycle down from the first level. Some accounts say he rode down the stairs, other accounts suggest the exterior of one of the tower's four legs which slope outward.

However, if its birth was difficult, it is now completely accepted and must be listed as one of the symbols of Paris itself.

Alexander the Great is buried here

Notre-Dame Cathedrale

Sacre Coeur

Maxim's Restaurant

Ritz Hotel - Where Princes Diana stayed before her death

Chams-Elysees

Place de la concorde

Chateau De Versailles

Ecole Militaire

The tunnel where Diana died

 

 

Versailles

 
 
 
Transportation
PARIS Metro
Bus #69 - sightseeing tour
Paris City Hop-on Hop-off Tour Charles de Gaulle Airport
Paris Sightseeing Buses
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Where to Stay

http://www.hotelparismuguet.com/

Catherine Pelletier
Email Address: muguet@wanadoo.fr
Hotel muguet 11 rue chevert
Paris 7
tel 01 47 05 05 93
fax 01 45 50 25 37
IF YOU WISH TO COME BY BUS YOU CAN TAKE IT FROM CDG UNTIL OPERA AND FROM OPERA YOU TAKE THE METRO LINE 8 UNTIL ECOLE MILITAIRE .
BY TRAIN FROM CDG YOU CAN COME UNTIL CHATELET AND FROM CHATELET YOU TAKE LINE 14 UNTIL MADELEINE THEN YOU TAKE LINE 8 UNTIL ECOLE MILITAIRE , IF NO THE BEST AND QUICKLY WAY IS TAXI. THE MAXIMUM COST IS 60 EUROS BY TAXI.

 

 

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