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Paris is more than 2,000 years old and is the capital of France. Gauls of the Parisii (Paris) tribe settled there between 250 and 200 BC and founded a fishing village on an island in the river that is the present-day Ile de la Cité — the center around which Paris developed.
Paris is said to be the city of lovers…the most romantic place on earth, and French is the language of love. With so much love around, you are bound to enjoy your stay here. The city is situated on the River Seine in northern France, and its location at a crossroads between land and river trade routes has made it one of the principal cities of Europe.
Paris is one of Europe’s foremost centers of learning and the arts and is a major influence in politics, fashion, business, arts and science. For more information on Paris, France, visit here.
History of the Eiffel Tower
At 1069 feet high, which is over 100 stories tall. The Eiffel Tower’s pillars correspond to the points on a compass and it was the world’s tallest building until 1930. The Eiffel Tower was built for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889 commemorating the centenary of the French Revolution. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII of England, opened the tower. Of the 700 proposals submitted in a design competition, Gustave Eiffel’s was unanimously chosen. The Tower is built to withstand wind speeds at more than five times the strongest winds ever known. At the top of the Eiffel Tower, the wind can gust as high as 100 miles per hour.
The tower has three levels for visitors. The walk to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the walk from the first to the second level. The third and highest level is accessible only by elevator. Both the first and second levels feature restaurants.
The tower has become the most prominent symbol of both Paris and France, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city. For more information on the Eiffel Tower, visit here.