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Eiffel Tower Upgrades to Glass Floor
October 7, 2014

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As part of the 125th anniversary of its unveiling, the Eiffel Tower now sports a glass floor.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo cut the ribbon to open a celebration of the newly renovated first floor on the iconic monument. Visitors can now look through the glass floor a total of 187 feet to the ground below.

The Eiffel Tower is 1,063 feet tall. Most of the visitors head straight to the viewing platform near the top of the tower. Paris officials hope that many of those visitors, estimated at nearly 7 million each year, will stop on their way up or down to enjoy the looking-glass view.

Visitors can enjoy the view of the surrounding Parisian countryside from three levels, the highest of which is 906 feet from the ground. Stairs lead to the highest level but are usually off-limits to the public, who must ascend by elevator instead.

The two-year, $37.5-million renovation included a seven-screen display tracing the life of the Tower, which was constructed in conjunction with the 1889 World's Fair. The Tower was the tallest building in the world for 40 years, until the construction of the Chrysler Building, in New York City, in 1930.

The Eiffel Tower weighs 10,000 tons, including 18,000 iron parts and 2.5 million rivets. The Tower is painted once every seven years, when painters using 1,500 brushes go through 60 tons of paint. Originally a reddish brown, the paint color used is now officially Eiffel Tower Brown. Three shades of this color are used, with the darkest color reserved for the bottom of the Tower and the lightest color used at the top.

 

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