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April 27, 2015

A visit to the Eiffel Tower can now include a viewing of an exclusive private apartment.

The Tower opened in 1889 for the World's Fair and has remained a top tourist attraction. As of 2014, more than 250 million people have visited the brainchild of designer Gustave Eiffel.

What wasn't commonly known is that Eiffel had a third-floor apartment in the tower itself. The apartment was not a reflection of the steel of the outside but was furnished for a wealthy designer and scientist to enjoy. The walls were wallpapered, and expensive furniture dotted the interior, as did a grand piano. Next door, was a lab area, complete with equipment.

Eiffel received numerous requests for rentals but refused every time. Instead, he used the apartment as a getaway and as a place to entertain fellow scientists, such as Thomas Edison, who presented Eiffel with a relatively newly invented phonograph.

Nowadays, the closest visitors get to seeing Eiffel is by looking at a mannequin. The apartment, which is now open for public viewing, includes lookalikes of both Eiffel and Edison.

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