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Celebrations Begin as France’s Eiffel Tower Turns 130

PARIS – The Eiffel Tower turns 130 this weekend, an occasion that is being marked with a two-day music festival that would pave the way for other commemorative events over the course of the year.

From Saturday, the company that operates the monument in the heart of the French capital will lay on games and performances by actors dressed in 19th century garb, a spokesperson told EFE.

On the afternoons, musical performances were also set to take place, including one by the school of engineering where the father of the monument, Gustave Eiffel, learned his craft.

A photographic exhibition has also been set up showing some of the 270 workers who work at the monument and a plaque has been installed in honor of the 200 people who worked on its construction.

Two gardens were recently recovered around the Eiffel Tower after its remodeling due to security reasons.

More commemorative acts would be held on May 15, the 130-year anniversary of the monument’s opening to the public. Since that date, more than 308 million people have visited.

Last year, the site welcomed some 6.1 million people.

The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated on March 31, 1889.

On that very day, the monument’s creator, Gustave Eiffel, climbed all 1,710 steps (its lifts came 10 years later) along with members of Paris City Hall in order to affix a large French tricolor flag at the top.

The Tower, the tallest building in the world for four decades until the Chrysler Building went up in New York in 1929, stands at a height of 324 meters and its 7,300-ton metal structure is made up of 18,038 pieces.

Its construction, for the Paris Universal Exposition, took two years, two months and five days.

The Tower was originally supposed to be taken down after 20 years, but Eiffel made sure this did not happen.

Visitors to the monument would later in 2019 be able to enjoy visiting newly revamped restaurants, Le Jules Verne by three-Michelin star chef Frédéric Anton and Brasserie 58 by two-Michelin star chef Thierry Marx.

 

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