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The 10 Best World Sites to Visit.
PART ONE 



The Eiffel Tower,
Paris France

 Completed on March 31, 1889, the tower was the world’s tallest man-made structure for 41 years until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930.

It is 324 metres tall (including antennas) and weighs 10,100 tonnes.

It is possible to climb to the top, but there are 1,665 steps. Most people take the lift.





 



The lifts travel a combined distance of 103,000 km a year – two and a half times the circumference of the Earth.

Victor Lustig, a con artist, "sold" the tower for scrap metal on two separate occasions.

Since its opening almost 250 million people have visited the tower.

 Repainting the tower, which happens every seven years, requires 60 tonnes of paint.






The tower was the main exhibit at the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair), held to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution.

 

One attendee at the 1889 World's Fair was Sir John Bickerstaffe, Mayor of Blackpool. So impressed was he at the new attraction, he has a similar tower built on the English seafront.19. The tower appears in the 1985 Bond film A View to a Kill. There is a scene in the Jules Verne restaurant, and a fight in the stairway.

20. Semolina Pilchard climbs the Eiffel Tower in the Beatles song I Am the Walrus.

21. There are a number of other replicas around the world, including one in Las Vegas and one at the Window of the World theme park in Shenzhen, China.

22. The tower played a part in the Allied victory at the First Battle of the Marne, in 1914. One of its transmitters jammed German radio communications, hindering their advance.

23. It was originally intended to stand for 20 years before being dismantled, but its use as a wireless telegraph transmitter (in cases such as the one above) meant it was allowed to stay.

 

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