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Paris

Eiffle Tower by Day

Date Opened to Public: March 31, 1889

Built for the Universal Exhibition in celebration of the French Revolution.

Age: 117 years

Contractor: Gustave Eiffel & Cie

Engineers: Maurice Koechlin & Emile Nouguier

Architect: Stephen Sauvestre

Project Studies: Began in 1884

Construction: 1887 to 1889 (2 years, 2 months and 5 days)

Composition: 18,038 pieces, 2,500,000 rivets

Weight of the metal structure: 7,300 tons

Total weight: 10,100 tons

Height: 324m (height with flagpole)

Coordinates :
Latitude : 48º 51' 32" North
Longitude : 002º 17' 45" East

Numbers of visitors up to December 31, 2005: 222.904.612

Distinctive feature: Recognizable throughout the entire world

Number of steps: 1665

Owner: City of Paris

I really did not like Paris that much. The people really do not like Americans.

One strange thing happened while I was there. I was having lunch at a Café near the Notre Dame Cathedral and I heard someone say “Well hello Shawn” and I turned around to see my next door neighbors Gary and Ingrid from Tigard Oregon. Yes it is a small world.

Eiffle Tower by night

Top of the Tower

There a 3 different levels to the Tower.

Chatres Cathedral

The Cathedral of Chartres ("Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres," French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres), located in Chartres, about 50 miles (80 km) from Paris, is considered one of the finest examples in all France of the "Gothic" style of architecture. The cathedral is still the seat of the Diocese of Chartres, in the Roman Catholic ecclesiastical province of Tours.

Arch de Triumph

You will see the Arch from a photo from the top of the tower when you scroll down.

Sclupture Notra Dame Cathedral

Parliament Hall

Another view from the Tower

Glass at the Cathedral of Ulm

Chatres Cathedral (vertical)

Another Tower View

Arch de Triumph

The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by Emperor Napoleon I at the peak of his fortunes. Laying the foundations alone took two years to construct.

Statue

Archway

Sculptured Column

Paris Square (from bus)

Memorial

Eiffle Tower - Elevatorhttp://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=545279225101088440

The trip down.

Top of the Effile Towerhttp://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-966733361023312160&hl=en