This superstructure was originally created for the World Fair of 1889 which was put together to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the French Revolution. It was Gustave Eiffel who led the project, who was already widely celebrated for his metallic constructions and, notably, the iron skeleton for the Statue of Liberty.
Did you know? It was not in fact Gustave Eiffel who invented the Tower that carries his name. Two of his engineers had the idea to built the 300 meter tall tower, which is 1,000 feet tall and made it the tallest Tower in the world at the time. It took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days to construct. The Eiffel Tower has now reached a height of 324 meters thanks to the radio and television antenna at the top.
Innovations: Since the 6th October 2014, a glass floor with glass railings on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower has enabled the more adventurous among us to know the thrill of walking over the void over 58 meters high. The museum tour has also been improved and made accessible to people with reduced mobility.
We booked the Bateaux Parisiens Cruise Tour. Booking was really quick and easy. We managed to buy the tickets right at the lastminute, skipping both the queue at the automated ticket station, and the queue of other cruisers who'd bought tickets there.
The tour itself was a good way to see the Notre Dame, but unfortunately the audio guide was working intermittently which meant we missed most of the narration, meaning that some of the value was lost.
Quick and Simple