Eiffel Tower shuts down

One of the most visited sites in the world, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, was shut down for a couple of days. The workers in the building went on strike and were demanding an increase in salaries and better working conditions. The Eiffel Tower was built over 120 years ago (in 1889) and was the tallest building in the world for forty years. Initially, many Parisians were unhappy with it, since they thought it ruined the beauty of their city. There is also a story of a French writer, Guy de Maupassant, who regularly ate at a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. When asked why, he said that it was the one place in Paris from where he couldn’t see the Eiffel Tower. The Tower was also used in the early 1900s to transmit military radio signals. The Eiffel Tower receives almost 7 million visitors a year. Here is a video.

Image Credits: http://www.tour-eiffel.fr for the Eiffel Tower’s image

Sources: http://www.tour-eiffel.fr, Euro News