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Paris' Towering Beauty: The Eiffel Tower

A must-see for everyone visiting Paris, the City of Lights, is the Eiffel Tower, the city’s most identifiable landmark.

The iron tower has been the site of numerous films, TV shows, and music video shoots; it's also used frequently as a French icon in video games and all sorts of souvenirs. Judging from the millions of visitors who queue every day for a trip up the tower, it's also the most popular tourist attraction of Paris.

Named after the engineer who built it, Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built for the 1889 World Fair; it was the world’s tallest building at that time, rising up to 300 metres. When first erected, the Eiffel Tower was considered by many Parisians as an eyesore, and they wanted the structure torn down. Today, visitors can’t get enough of it, even though there are other romantic places in Paris.

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The Eiffel Tower houses 2 popular restaurants, Altitude 95, on the 1st floor (311 ft above sea level,) and the Jules Verne, an expensive gourmet restaurant on the 2nd floor, which has its own lift. The Jules Verne has earned one star in the Michelin Red Guide, a ratings guide for gourmet dining places. Also at the top of the tower is the observation deck where you can have panoramic views of the city.

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