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Michael Matthews

Sydney, Australia

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Towards dusk the lights & colours of the carousel provided a cool frame for the Eiffel Tower.
Unfortunately the operator closed down too soon & I only got a few photos with the lights on.

This is one of my favourite images of Paris from my first proper overseas trip in April 2014.

Photographed with a Canon 400D, Paris, France.

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Your Country’s Best, May 2014.
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European Everyday Life, May 2014.

107 views as of May 21, 2014.

History:
The Eiffel Tower, La Tour Eiffel in French, was the main exhibit of the Paris Exposition — or World’s Fair — of 1889. It was constructed to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution and to demonstrate France’s industrial prowess to the world.

Gustave Eiffel, a French civil engineer, is usually credited with designing the tower that bears his name. However, it was actually two lesser-known men, Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier, who came up with the original drawings for the monument.

Each of the 18,000 pieces used to build the tower was calculated specifically for the project and prepared in Eiffel’s factory on the outskirts of Paris. The wrought iron structure is composed of four immense arched legs, set on masonry piers, that curve inward until joining in a single, tapered tower.

Building the tower required 2.5 million thermally assembled rivets and 7,300 tons of iron. To protect the tower from the elements, workers painted every inch of the structure, a feat that required 60 tons of paint. The tower has since been repainted 18 times.

The Eiffel Tower is 1,063 feet (324 meters) tall, including the antenna at the top. Without the antenna, it is 984 feet (300 m).

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