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The Eiffel Tower is situated on the bank of the Seine, built on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was built for the Exposition Universelle, a Parisian World Fair in 1889

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The Eiffel Tower is situated on the bank of the Seine, built on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was built for the Exposition Universelle, a Parisian World Fair in 1889 that celebrated the French Revolution. It has since served as an observation tower, a radiobroadcasting tower, and expensive advertising space. If it does honor anyone, it would be the French revolutionaries for which the Exposition Universelle is dedicated to. The Exposition Universelle took place on the centenary date of the French revolution, so virtually everything it exhibited celebrated the French revolution. The tower was named after the architect in charge, Gustave Eiffel. ...read more.

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With the Nazi occupation of Paris in 1940, the elevator cables were cut by the French so that Hitler would have to climb the steps to the top. The parts to repair them were supposedly impossible to obtain because of the war, though they were working again within hours after the Nazis left. In 1940 Nazi soldiers had to climb all the way to the top to hoist the swastika from the peak, but the flag was so large it blew away just a few hours later and they had to go back up again with a smaller one. ...read more.

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There is a common Hollywood clich´┐Ż that the tower is visible from nearly every house in the city of Paris: this isn't true, since zoning laws limit the heights of some buildings, but it does go to show just how strong a connection people make between the tower and the city if Paris. Since 2004, the Eiffel Tower has hosted a free ice skating rink on the first floor during the winter season and every night there is a light show using the flashing lamps and high powered searchlights that are situated near the top of the tower. It is remarkable that a building could have such a close relationship with people from all around the world, the Eiffel Tower being one of the most iconic tourist buildings in the world. ...read more.

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