The Eiffel Tower stands on the banks of the Seine River in Paris. It was built in 1889 for the World’s Fair which marked the 100 year anniversary of the French Revolution. The tower is named after its architect Alexandre Gustave Eiffel.

The Eiffel Tower is considered an architectural wonder and attracts an estimated 7 million people per year which makes it the worlds most visited paid tourist attraction.

The tower is 1063 feet high with three visitor platforms. The first floor is at 187 feet high, the second floor is at 377 feet high and the third floor is at 906 feet high. The base of the tower is square with each side measuring 410 feet. The construction of the tower included 18,038 iron pieces and approximately 2.5 million rivets.

The tower employees around 500 people for its daily operation which includes people working in the restaurant, manning the elevators, ensuring security and directing the crowds.

On the opposite side of the Seine River is the Trocadero Gardens which features a large water fountain, decorative statues of a bull and horse head. The photos below were taken from the Trocadero Gardens.

The Eiffel Tower has great views of Paris. The following photos give a good idea of the views of the surrounding area from the Eiffel Tower.

What color is the Eiffel Tower?

That may sound like a strange question because everyone knows that the Eiffel tower is grey. …… but wait….. Is it really grey? During the day and most of the pictures that you will see the Eiffel Tower is grey but near sunset it appears to change colors to beige. Take a look at the two photos below then answer the question “What color is the Eiffel Tower?”

The official color of the Eiffel Tower is “Eiffel Tower Brown”.

When it gets dark, the Eiffel Tower changes colors again as 336 yellow-orange lights are automatically activated upon nightfall giving the tower a golden color.

Finally, the Eiffel Tower makes one more color change but it requires being there at the right time. The final change happens for 5 minutes every hour on the hour from the time the tower has been lit until 1 A.M. This brief lighting is referred to as the sparkling lights where 20,000 light bulbs (5,000 per side) are superimposed over the golden lighting bringing the tower to life.

Now you know the answer to the question “What color is the Eiffel Tower?”

It depends on when you look at it.

The Dust on My Shoes

The Eiffel Tower is the first thing that most people think of when they think about Paris and seeing the Eiffel Tower is on almost everyone’s travel wish list, including mine.

Undoubtedly, almost all visitors will want to go onto the Eiffel Tower and it is something that I think everyone should do because the views are spectacular but it is crowded and a little bit of a hassle to deal with the all of the tourist.

I am glad that I took the time to get my chance to experience being on the Eiffel Tower but I preferred the experience of being around the Eiffel Tower. I enjoyed walking along the Seine River and being in the Trocadero Gardens while viewing the Eiffel Tower.

My favorite memory of the Eiffel Tower was getting a couple of scoops of ice cream, setting on a park bench and soaking in the moment. That memory will last a lifetime!

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2 thoughts on “Eiffel Tower – France”

  1. Great pictures. When my wife and I were in Paris, we could see the Eiffel Tower from the balcony of our hotel room. At night the lights on the Tower would perform a light show. The lights were steady and then they flashed.

    1. That is awesome! The Eiffel Tower is a special site and really beautiful at night.

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