The Eiffel Tower is
located on the Left Bank of the river Seine, in the Parc
du Champ de Mars. The four pillars supporting the tower
are aligned to the points of the compass. The area of the
tower is in the seventh district of Paris, also the home
of the National Assembly, the Prime Ministers palace,
and the Hotel des Invalides.
The Eiffel Tower is the tallest structure
in the world when it was buikt in the end of XIXth century:
7000 tonsof filigreed oig iron, 320 meters high, with 1652
steps and a top level view that extends some 65 kmsin clear
weather. It fizzes with cahmpagne sparkle for ten minutes
every hour from sundown to 1AM.
It caused a violent polemic, meeting nearly unanimous hostility from the Parisian artistic world. Once the Tower was finished the criticism burnt itself out in the presence of the completed masterpiece, and in the light of the enormous popular success with which it was greeted. It received two million visitors during the World's Fair of 1889.
At 300 meters, it remained the world highest building until the construction of the Chrysler building in New York City in 1929. Now 320 m. high with its television antennas, it still incredibly towers above Paris, a city almost free from skyscrapers. Open air elevators bring visitors up to the first (57m. high), the second (115m. high) and the third level (276m. high). Each one provides different and interesting views of Paris and the surrounding Ile de France region..
First level: 57.63 meters (189 feet). Observatory from which to study the movements of the Eiffel Tower's summit. Kiosk presentation about the mythic painting of the Tower.
Space Cineiffel: offers an exceptional panorama of sights from the Tower. Souvenir shops. Restaurant. Post office, with special stamps "Tour Eiffel Paris".
Second level: 115.73 meters (379 feet, 8 inches). Panorama of Paris. Telescopes, shops. Animated displays on the operation of the elevators. Jules Verne Restaurant. The Jules Verne has just undergone a complete facelift. A total rejuvenation supervised by the Alian Ducasse Group. The decor is the work of designer Patrick Jouin. He has divised a honeycomb partition which surrounds the kitchen and forms a circle inside the restaurant.
Third level: 276.13 meters (905 feet, 11 inches). Exceptional panoramic views, day or night, of Paris and its surroundings. Recently restored office of Gustave Eiffel, showing him welcoming Thomas Edison. Panoramic guide displays to aid orientation. Dioramas presenting the history of this platform.
Consistently modern, the Tower makes a special effort to surprise visitors. Do not miss the latest futurist, interactive attraction the Eiffel Tower Visitors Galaxy where you take part in the construction of a virtual Tower. In conjunction with the Caisse Nationale des Monuments Historiques et des Sites, the Tower offers groups a series of conference tours, highlighting the history of the monument in its time, its contribution to modern metal architecture, and all the scientific and technical applications experimented on the Tower.
Champs de Mars, Paris 7e
How to get there
Metro line 6 : Bir Hakeim
Bus: 42, 69, 72, 82
RER C : Champs de Mars
Information, hours, entrance fees & acces map.
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