La Tour Eiffel – The Eiffel Tower

The idea of what would become La Tour Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower, was first envisioned in 1884 and completed as the entry arch and as a suitable centerpiece for the proposed 1889 Exposition Universelle, a World’s Fair which would mark the centennial of the French Revolution.
Le Tour Eiffel
Standing 320 metres (1,050 feet) tall, Tour Eiffel held the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City grabbed the crown in 1930.

The tower, located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, is the most-visited paid monument in the world, with over 250 million people having made the ascent to the observatory’s upper platform. One could only hazzard a wild guess how many more millions of people have made the trek to view Tour Eiffel in person, but did not pay to make the trip into the lower troposphere.

As one of the most recognizable structures on Earth, and one more of mankind’s engineering marvels, one cannot truly say that have visited Paris without, minimally, walking up to and touching the tower. The far better option, of course, is to view the beauty of Paris (and miles of France, as well) from the upper deck.

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Washington Monument

The Washington Monument, a 555′ 5 1/8″ (169.294m) obelisk, stands in the National Mall, the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington DC, and was built to commemorate the Commander-in-Chief of the American Revolution and the country’s first president, George Washington.

Construction on the work, designed by architect Robert Mills, began July 4, 1848 but was not completed until December 6, 1884, due to several factors, including political in-fighting, low budgets and the Civil War.

At the time the monument was completed it eclipsed the Cologne Cathedral (474 feet or 144.5m tall) in Germany as the world’s tallest structure, only to be dwarfed by the Eiffel Tower (1,063 feet or 324m) in Paris, France, five years later for the 1889 World’s Fair.

It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington DC and worth a visit.

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