The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the towering icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.  It was built by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, and was the highest structure in the world until the completion of the Empire State Building.  The Eiffel Tower was built for the Paris exhibition in 1889.  It stands about 300 meters (984 feet), about as tall as an 81-storey building.  This backdrop of Paris has been a subject of several abstract art paintings.

The Eiffel Tower has three levels for its visitors.  Tickets are bought depending on whether you will use the stairs or the lifts for each level.  Novelist Guy de Maupassant, claiming to hate the tower with a passion, usually had his lunch in one of its restaurants every day.  He said that it’s the only place in Paris where you cannot see the structure.  Still, many famous personalities come to the Tower to see the site of Paris as well as eat in one of its restaurants.  Jules Verne is an expensive restaurant located at the second floor of the Tower, and is accessed via private lift.

There is a controversy over the image of the tower captured in films and photographs.  In March 1992, the French Court has made a ruling that the light display of the Tower at night is protected by copyright.  No one is permitted to take a picture of the tower at night except in panoramic view.  To celebrate its 100th anniversary, SNTE (Société nouvelle d’exploitation de la tour Eiffel) installed a special lighting display on tower.  Since they are the ones who installed the lighting display, they were granted copyright privileges of night time and you must get their permission in order to publish contemporary photographs of the tower.

If you wish to make an abstract art painting of the tower, consider booking a hotel that gives you a panoramic view of the tower just to be safe.  When you get the chance to be in Paris, ask where you can get gallery paintings of the Eiffel Tower.

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