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Around the World in Eight Weeks: Popular Tourist Sites

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

As a finale to our summer series, we’re taking you to ten of the most popular tourist sites around the world. Enjoy, and goodbye!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

 Eiffel towerThe Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Built by Gustave Eiffel, (who also built the Statue of Liberty’s iron framework), the EiffelTowerwas to be the entrance arch to Paris’s 1889 World Exhibition, held to commemorate the French Revolution of 1789. The tower took more than two years to complete, using over 12,000 iron pieces all designed individually and fitted together with around seven million nails!

When the tower was inaugurated in March 1889, at 300 meters tall it was the tallest structure in the world. It remained so until 1930, when the ChryslerBuildingin New Yorktook the prize. Visitors can ride the lift to the viewing tower at the top, where they can see all of Parislaid out before them. The lighting of the tower costs a stupendous half a million dollars a year. 

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