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The Eiffel Tower at a glance

An object of discord, desire and fascination, the Eiffel Tower never fails to impress. Enriched by a history full of new developments, here you can discover all of its key information.

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The Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, which was to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the French Revolution. Its construction in 2 years, 2 months and 5 days was a veritable technical and architectural achievement. "Utopia achieved", a symbol of technological prowess, at the end of the 19th Century it was a demonstration of French engineering personified by Gustave Eiffel, and a defining moment of the industrial era. It was met immediately with tremendous success.

Only intended to last 20 years, it was saved by the scientific experiments that Eiffel encouraged, and in particular by the first radio transmissions, followed by telecommunications. For example, the radio signals from the Pantheon Tower in 1898; it served as a military radio post in 1903; it transmitted the first public radio programme in 1925, and then broadcast television up to TNT more recently.

Since the 1980s, the monument has regularly been renovated, restored and adapted for an ever-growing public.

Over the decades, the Eiffel Tower has seen remarkable achievements, extraordinary light shows, and prestigious visitors. A mythical and audacious site, it has always inspired artists and challenges.

It is the stage for numerous events of international significance (light shows, the Tower’s centenary, the Year 2000 pyrotechnic show, repainting campaigns, sparkling lights, the blue Tower to mark France’s Presidency of the European Union or the multicoloured Tower for its 120th birthday, unusual fixtures, such as an ice rink, a garden etc.).

A universal Tower of Babel, almost 250 million visitors regardless of age or origin have come from all over the planet to see it since its opening in 1889.

Like all towers, it allows us to see and to be seen, with a spectacular ascent, a unique panoramic view of Paris, and a glittering beacon in the skies of the Capital.

The Tower also represents the magic of light. Its lighting, its sparkling lights, and its beacon shine and inspire dreams every evening.

As France’s symbol in the world, and the showcase of Paris, today it welcomes almost 7 million visitors a year (around 75% of whom are foreigners), making it the most visited monument that you have to pay for in the world.

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All You Need to Know about the Eiffel Tower

The history of the Eiffel Tower, its construction, its light shows, its repainting, etc.

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Key Figures


Discover all the key figures of the Eiffel Tower with this infographic!
(click the image to access the full infographic).
 
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Where do they come from ?

Top 10 - Percentage of total attendance

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Source : Client Watchdog SETE/KHEOLIA – Study carried out with over 28 000 visitors in 2012


How old are they ?

Percentage of total attendance

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Source : Client Watchdog SETE/KHEOLIA – Study carried out with over 28 000 visitors in 2012


Who do they come with ?

Percentage of total attendance

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Source : Client Watchdog SETE/KHEOLIA – Study carried out with over 5 000 visitors in 2012


How do they get there ?

Percentage of total attendance

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Source : Client Watchdog SETE/KHEOLIA – Study carried out with over 5 000 visitors in 2012


Why do they come ?

Percentage of total attendance

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Source : Client Watchdog SETE/KHEOLIA – Study carried out with over 5 000 visitors in 2012


How many people have already come to visit the Eiffel Tower ?

Percentage of total attendance

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Source : Client Watchdog SETE/KHEOLIA – Study carried out with over 5000 visitors in 2012

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