Key Dates in the Tower's History
- March 1889: The tower is unveiled at the Paris World Exposition of 1889. French engineer Gustave Eiffel manages to see his project through despite impassioned protest.
The tower was constructed from 18,038 separate pieces (mostly iron) and weights a total of 10.1 tons. Nonetheless, it remains relatively lightweight.
- 1909-1910: The tower is nearly torn down, but is salvaged due to its usefulness as a radio tower. Some of the world's first radio transmissions are broadcast here.
- 1916: The first transatlantic telephone transmissions are realized from the tower.
Eiffel Tower Highlights and Tips for Visitors
The first level of the tower features a circular gallery that gives visitors an overview of the tower's history and design, as well as an introduction to some of Paris' most famous sights and monuments.
- A part of the spiral staircase that once led from the second floor to the top level is displayed on the first level. The staircase was eventually dismantled in 1983.
- You can also see the hydraulic pump that once supplied water to a former elevator.
- The "FerOscope" is an informational exhibit installed in one of the tower's beams. Interactive videos, light shows, and other media give visitors an evocative look at how the tower was built.
- The "Observatory of Tower Top Movement" is a laser beam that monitors the tower's oscillation under the effect of wind and temperature.
- Panoramic indicators of places and monuments visible from the first level, as well as historical panels tracing the tower's history, are placed around the gallery. You can also view the city in minute detail from an electronic telescope.
- Animated window scenes tell a visual story of the tower's unique history.
- Get a dizzying perspective of the ground through the glass floor. Once again, not for those prone to vertigo.
- A reconstitution of Gustave Eiffel's office features wax figures of Gustave and American inventor Thomas Edison.
- Panoramic indicators and viewpoint indicators help you identify the city's landmarks.