It’s no secret. I love Paris AND I love the Tour Eiffel.
Paris is easily one of my favourite cities in the World, so it probably doesn’t surprise you to hear that I literally can’t imagine how the Parisian skyline would look without the Tour Eiffel rising up above the glinting golden dome of Napoleon’s tomb, the arches of Notre Dame and the iconic pyramid of the Louvre! It has been integrated into the Parisian skyline to the extent that it is now a National symbol for France!
Perhaps that is why it is all the more surprising that the Tour Eiffel was only ever meant to be a temporary!
However, clearly not everyone shares my view of the Eiffel Tower being an incredible beauty. One French author thought the complete opposite! He thought that the Eiffel Tower ruined Paris and was a horrible sight to see.
The French writer Guy de Maupassant was known to despise the Eiffel Tower. However, he still sat and ate his lunch under the Dame de Fer without failure every single day. When asked why he did this, he replied that it was the only place in Paris where he did not have to see it rising up over the skyline.
Fast facts about the Eiffel Tower:
- The Tour Eiffel was never meant to be a permanent addition to the Parisian skyline. It was constructed in 1989 for the world fair in Paris. It originally only had a twenty year lease but was kept as it was incredibly useful as an aerial!
- One of the best places to view the Tour Eiffel is from Passerelly Debilly. It is a small arched pedestrian bridge to the east of Pont d’Iena, first opened for the World’s Fair in 1900.
- The Tour Eiffel was originally intended for the city of Barcelona in Spain. However, the citizens of the city didn’t want it and so it was put up in Paris instead.
- There are 1665 steps to get to the top of the Tour Eiffel (luckily, there are also a number of elevators!)