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The Eiffel Tower

Whether you’re interested in its history, its height, or its peculiar notoriety amongst French people, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most frequented tourist attractions in the entire world and you can’t possibly visit Paris without seeing it.  In fact, even if for some odd reason you don’t care to see it, you’ll be extremely disappointed because the over 1000 foot tall tower, about the size of an 81 story building, is easily viewable all over the City of Lights.  

The beautifully lighted structure is and forever will be the symbol of Paris.  It was built in 1889 as the entrance to the World’s Fair that was then held in Paris and even today it is the single most visited major tourist attraction in the world with millions of people visiting and ascending the tower each and every year.  Named after its architect, Gustave Eiffel, the tower was tallest man made building in the world for about 40 years after its completion until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930.  If the fact that is was “man made” fails to impress, consider the fact that the approximately 12,000 pieces of iron were each uniquely designed to provide the exact shape and angle needed for each section of the tower and were put together using about 7 million nails!

For many years after its original completion, the tower fell under heavy scrutiny from a number of authoritarian figures in France as well as a large portion of the population.  Over the years though, its world renowned notoriety and immense success as a tourist attraction and architectural marvel eventually quieted its skeptics.  It may have taken more than a century to truly gain acceptance amongst the people of Paris, but today the Eiffel Tower stands as beacon of light and a celebration of art for the vast majority of French people.

It is probably safe to say that it is so popular, that despite all of the other amazing attractions within the city limits, some tourists will literally just come to see the tower.  Many of the hotels and Paris vacation apartment rentals charge premiums for even a glimpse of it and some might say that the view at night is worth every penny.  CobbleStay.com’s Paris apartment rental #26 is a top floor townhouse with a beautiful view of the tower.   This incredibly unique luxury Paris rental is accessed via private elevator and features a private roof deck with an outdoor heater, BBQ & outdoor seating that can be accessed when the owner is present.   With its convenient location halfway between Trocadero and the Arc de Triomphe, this property is a great choice for Luxury vacation apartment rentals in Paris.