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eiffel tower Travel Leaders ChesterfieldIt’s not often a cultural icon celebrates 125 year anniversary. While just about any year would be the perfect time to visit Paris, France, Travel Leaders Chesterfield Missouri, your travel agent in St. Louis, can get you there to experience a very special anniversary celebrated as the iconic Eiffel Tower turns 125.

At the time it was built for the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, the Eiffel Tower was looked upon with skepticism. Hundreds of workers had spent two years assembling the tower’s intricate iron framework. Still, some Parisians feared the tower was not structurally sound, or simply thought it was ugly.

The tower was supposed to be a temporary structure, but it’s still standing 125 years later, helping define the Parisian landscape. The tower narrowly escaped destruction at least twice: in 1909, it was about to be demolished when city officials decided to save it for use as a radio-telegraph station (the tower is still used to broadcast radio and television signals). During World War II, there were orders from Germany to destroy the tower, but the command was not carried out.

Today, the graceful tower is considered to be an architectural wonder and attracts more than six million visitors a year. Three levels are open to visitors. Level 1 houses a restaurant, Le 58 Tour Eiffel, where you can enjoy traditional French cuisine while looking out on the Trocadero area of Paris. On level 2, renowned chef Alain Ducasse’s Le Jules Verne Restaurant has served fine French cuisine for 30 years. Level 3 is an observation platform: at 906 feet above the ground, it’s the highest publicly accessible point in the European Union.

If you’re still looking for another reason to visit Paris this year, consider the 25th anniversary of the Louvre Pyramid. This grand entrance to the world’s largest museum is another famed architectural gem that was initially met with derision. Twenty-five years later, it is has become a vital part of Paris’ landscape.

To learn more about seeing Paris and all of its architectural wonders, talk with your St. Louis travel agent at Travel Leaders in Chesterfield Missouri.  Give us a call at 636.778.1081.