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It's a special birthday today ... La Tour Eiffel is Turning 133 🎉

On March 31st, 1889 on the Champs-de-Mars, Paris, France, Gustave Eiffel’s epic project came to life, and was officially unveiled for Paris’ Exposition Universelle.

The tower was commissioned to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution, with its initial purpose to serve as an entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair {Exposition Universelle}.  

The tower was to be removed 20 years later, however, as we know it became the symbol of Paris, and 133 years later, she still draws millions of tourists from across the globe.

Eight Interesting Eiffel Tower Facts
  • The tower took two years, 2 months and 5 days to build.
  • The tower is 324 meters high, 1,063 feet tall, or about 83 stories high from its base to its tip!
  • There are three levels on which visitors can go up: 1st floor at 115 meters (377 feet), 2nd floor at 276 meters (905 feet), 3rd floor at 276 meters (905 feet).
  • You can take an elevator ride up to the top floor or climb 1,665 steps to reach it on foot (if you dare!).
  • There are also two restaurants located on each level where visitors can dine while admiring views over Parisian landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral and Arc De Triomphe among others.
  • To avoid corrosion from air pollution, the tower is repainted every seven years.
  • Many artists and writers of the day protested against the tower's construction and dubbed it as a "metal asparagus."
  • There is a petit 'bureau de poste' (post office) on the first floor of the Tower where you can buy a stamp and have your carte postale mailed from the Eiffel Tower’s post office and it will be delivered with the unique postmark.
Did you say Champagne?

Best of all ... there is a Champagne Bar at the top of the Eiffel Tower.  So if you do venture to the very top for a spectacular view of the City of Lights, then what better way to enjoy the view than a gorgeous flute of bubbles! 

Have your visited this Le Tour Eiffel? Did you picnic, photograph, play petanque, cycle, stroll, dance, propose, eat wine and cheese ... the list is endless. We would love to hear your stories and see your favourite photos of your time.


M.S. (monogramme), dessinateur Imprimerie A. Maulde et Cie, imprimeur Unknown author - Musée Carnavalet

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