Why was the Eiffel tower built?

Paris Attraction

The Eiffel Tower is a huge tower in Paris, France.  It was built for the Paris Universal Exhibition (a world’s fair), held in that city in 1889.

The tower, named for its designer, Alexander Eiffel, was intended to be the symbol and main attraction of the fair, just as most world’s fairs have one structure to symbolize the particular fair.

When the fair ended, the tower was left standing.  Today it is the most famous landmark of the French capital.

The tower rises 984 feet in the air and contains 7,000 tons of iron and steel.  At the time it was built, it was taller than anything else anyone had ever built.  Now the Empire State Building is nearly 300 feet higher than the Eiffel Tower.

If you take an elevator to the top, you can see all over Paris.  You will also find a restaurant in the tower, as well as a weather station.  There is a tall TV antenna on top that sends programs al over the city. – Dick Rogers



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