Interesting facts about the Eiffel Tower

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View of the Eiffel Tower from the northwest

The Eiffel Tower, located on the Champ de Mars, is Paris’ most prominent landmark and the second tallest free-standing structure in France after the Millau Viaduct. It is constructed of 18,038 pieces of wrought iron held together with three and a half million rivets.

The tower, designed and built from 1887 to 1889 by the French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair, is 324 m (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building, and weighs 10,100 tons.

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View of the Isle of the Swans from the third level of the Eiffel Tower

The three levels at different heights are reached by stairs and lifts. Visitors can climb up stairs to the first two levels or take a lift which also has access to the third and highest level. The climb from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the climb from the first level to the second.

At an altitude of 57 m (187 ft), the first level has public restrooms, a gift shop, museum, post office, cafeteria and Le 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant.

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The first level of the Eiffel Tower looking from the ground

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Climbing the steps to the first level of the Eiffel Tower

At an altitude of 115 m (377 ft), the second level is also the most commercial, this is where most shops are. It is the perfect place to take a photographic study of the city or to enjoy gastronomic French cuisine in the Jules Verne restaurant.

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View of Paris from the second level of the Eiffel Tower

The top level stands at a dizzying height of 276 m (905 ft) and has one of the best views over Paris, stretching for 70 km (43 mi).

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View of Paris from the third level of the Eiffel Tower

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View of La Défence from the third level of the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the world’s number one paid-for tourist attraction, with an average of 25,000 visitors every day.

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