When one thinks of Paris, the first thing that comes to mind is the towering, iron lattice that is the Eiffel Tower. It’s hard to imagine that this iconic structure was never built to be a permanent fixture of Paris, but now, the city wouldn’t be complete without it.
The tower attracts thousands of visitors from around the world daily, and it’s generally advised to book tickets to the tower ahead of time, online. First-time visitors to the city, it would be easier to go on overseas holiday packages with agents like Aitken Spence Holidays.
The history behind the magnificent tower goes back to 1887 when it was designed and built by a French engineer, Gustave Eiffel, as a temporary exhibit for the 1889 World’s Fair. The design was heavily criticized by some of the country’s leading artists and intellectuals, but grew to be extremely popular among the public; thus, the tower was never dismantled.
Visitors to the Eiffel Tower have access to three levels which include restaurants on the first and second levels, and a champagne bar on the third. Lifts go up to the tower’s three floors, but adventurous visitors can climb up to the second level via the 704 staircase that runs up the south pillar. Keep in mind that both options require tickets.
A visit to the base is free to the public, once they pass through a security check. Parisians love their tower, and after a visit to this historic landmark, it’s not hard to see why. The beauty and magnificence of the tower will continue awing travellers for many more years to come.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+