It’s the Eiffel Tower. The most visited paid monument in the world. It’s hard to imagine that this beautiful tower was built as the entrance arch for the 1889 World’s Fair. The builder, Gustave Eiffel put up about half of the money needed to construct the tower in return for which he was given a 20 year contract that permitted him to collect the fees for entrance to the tower. By the end of the world’s fair there were almost 2 million visitors. After this 20 year period, ownership would revert to the city of Paris and they planned to tear it down.
Sadly, during our visit in Paris, the top level of the Eiffel tower was closed. Such is the nature of travel. You can’t always visit a particular place during a perfect time for weather, events or availability of major attractions.