« A vision, an object, a symbol, the Tower is anything that Man wants it to be, and this is infinite. A sight that is looked at and which looks back, a structure that is useless and yet irreplaceable, a familiar world and a heroic symbol, the witness to a century passing by and a monument that is always new, an inimitable and yet incessantly imitated object... » (Translation of Roland Barthes, La tour Eiffel, Ed. Delpirre 1964).
It was the tallest tower in the world at the time of its construction and has been imitated in various places around the world. Overtaken in height by today’s great towers, it nevertheless remains unique.
The symbol of Paris and of France, the Eiffel Tower is one of the best known monuments in the world, and the one whose silhouette has been most depicted.
In 1889, the year of the Tower’s inauguration, the Washington Monument with its height of 169 metres had held the world record for four years. The world would have to wait more than forty years before seeing the Tower dethroned by the Chrysler Building in New York (319 m), which was overtaken in 1949 by the Empire State Building (381 m). Today, towers reaching staggering heights are plentiful, such as the one in Taipei (508 metres) and more recently the Burj Khalifa (828 metres).
However, the Eiffel Tower has also had its imitators for decades. The oldest is Blackpool Tower in Lancashire, northern England. It was built in 1894 and is 158 m tall. The largest (165 metres) and best known is the one in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two American towns called Paris, in Texas and in Tennessee, have also built replicas.
In Japan, a tower resembling Eiffel’s was erected in 1958 in the capital, Tokyo, 333 metres tall and painted red and white. Two Eiffel Tower replicas were built in China. One in a theme park in Shenzhen in the South-East of the country, and the other in Tianducheng next to Hangzhou. The latter is a 1:3 scale copy of the original and weighs more than 1,000 tonnes. We find other copies in Europe, such as the one in Prague (60 metres tall) at the top of the Petrin Hill. In Slobozia, Romania, there is a copy of around fifty metres in height, just like the one in Parizh, in the South of the Ural Mountains, in Russia. In Lyon (Fourvière), the top part of the Tower has also been reproduced.
Founded in Paris in 1989 for the Eiffel Tower’s centenary, this federation groups together towers all around the world, all of them symbols of their town or country, which display the common characteristic of both viewing platforms accessible to the public and television broadcasting antennas. The Eiffel Tower is the eldest. The tallest tower is Burj Khalifa (828 metres) and the shortest is the Bratislava UFO (95 metres).
With 50 members in over 20 countries across the world, the World Federation of Great Towers exists to showcase the great towers of the world and celebrate the astonishing feats of architecture and engineering that created them.
Described as both a ‘Vertical City’ and ‘A Living Wonder,’ Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building.
Rising gracefully from the desert, it is an extraordinary union of art, engineering and craftsmanship. At 828 meters, the 200 story tower holds seven Guinness World records including the world’s highest observatory, At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY.
National icon, engineering wonder, Toronto must-see – CN Tower is an award-winning dining and entertainment destination.
Spectacular views include world-famous Glass Floor, SkyPod and glass fronted elevators with glass floor panels. Three restaurants include award-winning 360 Restaurant. Plus film, shopping and thrilling EdgeWalk – world’s highest ‘hands-free’ walk, 356m/1168ft (116 stories) above ground.
At the heart of New York City, the Empire State Building offers unparalleled panoramic views of five different states!
From its open-air 86th floor Observation Deck and climate controlled 102nd floor to its stunning Art Deco design and informative exhibits, the Empire State Building is more than just a view — it’s an immersive experience inside a world-famous landmark.
As the Shanghai City landmark, the 468m Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower is a multifunctional venue with sightseeing, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, Museum and Cruise Dock.
Sightseeing includes a 259m transparent observatory, 263m main floor and 351m “Space Capsule”. Three restaurants are respectively the world’s first Coca-Cola themed restaurant, No.8 Old Shanghai restaurant and 267m revolving restaurant. The most popular choice is their Shanghai History Museum.
No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to Skydeck Chicago!
Enjoy 360⁰ views spanning up to 50 miles and 4 states and their most spectacular view—1,353 feet straight down! “Dare to Stand Out” on The Ledge—glass balconies extending 4.3 feet outside the Willis Tower provide a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Since opening for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle has welcomed visitors from every corner of the world to enjoy breathtaking views and savor all things Seattle.
The iconic signature of the city’s skyline, the Space Needle makes the perfect launching pad for Pacific Northwest adventure, exploring Seattle’s vibrant culture, or soaking in the area’s natural beauty. If you see one thing in Seattle, see everything!
At the top of the European Union’s tallest building The View from The Shard is the highest viewing platform in London, offering stunning panoramic views stretching up to 64km.
Travelling skyward in high-speed lifts, this multi-sensory journey takes you 244m (800ft) above London, where 1000 years of history unfolds beneath you.