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Eiffel Tower

City: Paris       State: N/A       Country: France
The world famous Eiffel Tower was built in the year 1889. The construction was only meant to last for the duration of the Exposition, but it still stands today, despite all protests from contemporary artists who feared the construction would be the advent of structures without 'individuality' and despite the many people who feared that this huge 'object' would not fit into the architecture of Paris. Today, there is no such aversion anymore among the Parisians, and one could not imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower, in fact it has become the symbol of the City of Light.The man behind the Eiffel Tower was Gustave Eiffel, known from his revolutionary bridge building techniques. These techniques would form the basis for the construction of the Eiffel Tower. He was also known for the construction of the Statue of Liberty's iron framework. The structure took more than two years to complete. Each one of the about 12,000 iron pieces was designed separately to give them exactly the shape needed. All pieces were prefabricated and fit together using approx. 7.5 million nails.

Climate | When to Visit

Visit during: June to October

Directions | How to Reach

By Air: Paris is just 1 hour by flight from London, 8 hours from New York, 15 hours from Los Angeles and just over 25 hours from Sydney. Paris has two major airports - Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly International Airport. Almost all major international airlines, including Air France, Air Canada, British Airways, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Lufthansa operate direct flights to Paris from cities across the world.By Rail: Paris has 6 major railway stations each of which serving a particular area of France. Paris is connected by rail to London by the Channel Tunnel and high-speed trains take a little over 3 hours to cover the distance between two European capitals. A state-of-the-art high-speed railway network (TGV) connects Paris with all major cities of France.By Road: The Anglo-French Eurotunnel connects Kent in the UK to Nord-Pas-de-Calais in France (approx. 30 minutes journey). The tunnel is linked to UK and French motorway networks. The international Paris bus terminal at Porte de Gallieni is served by Eurolines buses from cities across Europe, including London and Brussels.

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