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Eiffel Tower



Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower (French: La Tour Eiffel) is famous tower in Paris.

The Eiffel Tower is constructed from iron lattice work, and was originally built as the entrance arch for the 1889 World's Fair. It was constructed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel's company, and stands 1,063 feet (324 meters).

The Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris, and for 41 years (1889 to 1930) was the tallest building in the world (it held this title, until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York City - although today the Eiffel Tower is actually taller than the Chrysler Building thanks to the addition of antenna in 1957).

Visitors to the Tower will find that there are three levels connected by stairs and lifts (although the stairs to the highest level are usually closed, and this level is normally only accessible by lift). On the first two levels, there are restaurants (Le 58 tour Eiffel on the first level, and Le Jules Verne on the second level). The highest level is an observatory level, and at 915.7 feet (279.11 meters) is the highest building accessible to the public within the European Union.

The Eiffel Tower is today the most visited paid monument in the world, and received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010. Approximately, 7.1 million visited the Tower in 2011.

For more information about the Eiffel Tower, please visit the official website:

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Gustave Eiffel's Spectacular Idea: The Eiffel Tower (The Story Behind the Name)

By Sharon Katz Cooper

Picture Window Books
Paperback (32 pages)

Gustave Eiffel s Spectacular Idea: The Eiffel Tower (The Story Behind the Name)
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Paris' famous Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognized landmarks in the world, but it wasn't easy to build. Follow along with Gustave’s Eiffel's beginnings as a bridge designer and  engineer behind the Statue of Liberty to the criticism and personal attacks he faced while building the tower. Build a new appreciation for the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Tower Beaded Bookmark

By Peter Pauper Press

Peter Pauper Press
Misc. Supplies (1 pages)

Eiffel Tower Beaded Bookmark
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''A good book is a wonderful journey.'' Save your place along the way with this glossy bookmark, evoking the City of Light with a silhouette photograph of la Tour Eiffel.

  • Coordinating black and silver beads and a silky black tassel complement the design
  • Bookmark is packaged in a clear plastic protective sleeve
  • 2-1/2'' wide by 7-1/8'' high
  • Warning: choking hazard—small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Where Is the Eiffel Tower?

By Dina Anastasio

Grosset & Dunlap
Released: 2017-05-16
Paperback (112 pages)

Where Is the Eiffel Tower?
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Learn about the Eiffel Tower, beloved and iconic symbol of Paris, France, and one of the most recognizable structures in the world!

When the plans for the Eiffel Tower were first announced, many people hated the design of the future landmark, calling it  ungainly and out of step with the beautiful stone buildings of the city. But once it went up for the World's Fair in 1889, the people of Paris quickly fell in love with the tower. Today it seems impossible to imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower, which greets millions of visitors each year who climb up its wrought-iron stairs, ride its glass elevators, and enjoy the wonderful views of the city spread out below it.

This book, part of the New York Times best-selling series, is enhanced by eighty illustrations and a detachable fold-out map complete with four photographs on the back.

The Eiffel Tower

By Bertrand Lemoine

imusti
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The Eiffel Tower
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Soaring wonder
The making of the Eiffel Tower

“The Tower is also present to the entire world...a universal symbol of Paris...from the Midwest to Australia, there is no journey to France which isn’t made, somehow, in the Tower’s name.”
—Roland Barthes

When Gustave Eiffel completed his wrought iron tower on Paris’s Champ de Mars for the World’s Fair in 1889, he laid claim to the tallest structure in the world. Though the Chrysler Building would, 41 years later, scrape an even higher sky, the Eiffel Tower lost none of its lofty wonder: Originally granted just a 20-year permit, the Tower became a permanent and mesmerizing fixture on the Parisian skyline. Commanding by day, twinkling by night, it has mesmerized Francophiles and lovers, writers, artists, and dreamers from all over the world, welcoming around seven million visitors every single year.

Based on an original, limited edition folio by Gustave Eiffel himself, this fresh TASCHEN edition explores the concept and construction of this remarkable building. Step by step, one latticework layer after another, Eiffel’s iconic design evolves over double-page plates, meticulous drawings, and on-site photographs, including new images and even more historical context. The result is at once a gem of vintage architecture and a unique insight into the idea behind an icon.

Text in English, German, French, and Italian

The Eiffel Tower

By Gaston Tissandier

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (96 pages)

The Eiffel Tower
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A comprehensive period account of the background and construction of the Eiffel Tower by French scientist and editor Gaston Tissandier (1843 – 1899). Includes 1889 introductory handwritten letter by M. Gustave Eiffel. Copiously illustrated. Handier than the free PDFs on the web, this historical reprint you can hold, bookmark, highlight and shelve. An inexpensive imperative for any history buff.

Pop-up Paris (Lonely Planet Kids)

By Lonely Planet Kids

Lonely Planet
Hardcover (8 pages)

Pop-up Paris (Lonely Planet Kids)
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Paris will come alive with this beautiful and colourful pop-up book from Lonely Planet Kids. With a set of six stunning pop-ups and gorgeous illustrations, this book is the perfect introduction to the magic of Paris for any age. This stylish look at the city's iconic landmarks will kickstart the travel bug in young explorers!

Pop-up Paris includes pop-ups of the Eiffel Tower, the Pompidou Centre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Moulin Rouge, the Arc de Triomphe and a tower of delicious macarons!

Also available: Pop-up London, Pop-up New York

About Lonely Planet Kids: From the world's leading travel publisher comes Lonely Planet Kids, a children's imprint that brings the world to life for young explorers everywhere. With a range of beautiful books for children aged 5-12, we're kickstarting the travel bug and showing kids just how amazing our planet can be.

From bright and bold sticker activity books, to beautiful gift titles bursting at the seams with amazing facts, we aim to inspire and delight curious kids, showing them the rich diversity of people, places and cultures that surrounds us. We pledge to share our enthusiasm and love of the world, our sense of humour and continual fascination for what it is that makes the world we live in the diverse and magnificent place it is.

It's going to be a big adventure - come explore!

The Eiffel Tower: The Three-Hundred Metre Tower (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch and Japanese Edition)

By Bertrand Lemoine

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The Eiffel Tower: The Three-Hundred Metre Tower (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch and Japanese Edition)
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The iron colossus: The construction of the Eiffel Tower in drawings and photographs

When it was completed in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was the highest structure in the world, measuring 300 meters (984 feet). Built for the World’s Fair, it was initially granted a 20-year permit; this permit was thankfully extended and now the Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most famous structures, having become practically synonymous with Paris itself and receiving more than six million visitors annually.

This reprint explores the design and construction of this remarkable building; published in 1900 as a large folio by Gustave Eiffel himself in a limited edition of 500 copies, the original was never sold on the market—it was exclusively given and donated by Eiffel. Featuring 53 double-page plates of 4,300 technical drawings explaining the design as well as 33 photographs of the construction, the book reveals the complex and fascinating process of bringing the Eiffel Tower to life. Though the technical drawing will especially appeal to designers wishing to discover the engineering genius behind Eiffel’s masterpiece, everyone can appreciate this very rare and special book about Paris’s glorious mascot.

“This book illustrates the truly remarkable engineering that is the Eiffel Tower and whilst appealing to enthusiasts, can be appreciated by everyone.”
–FRENCH MAGAZINE, London


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