Program - Sightseeing - Paris - France
The Iron Lady of Paris

With intention of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution and the birth of democracy, the idea of making a remarkable monument was born in 1885.

The monument was supposed to present and celebrate the greatness of France, which was a perfect opportunity for Gustave Eiffel to present his design. But, the project seemed very controversial that a petition was signed by over 300 protesting its construction, worried about the safety of the tower and overpowering the other Parisian landmarks. Despite all, the freestanding iron tower had its inauguration in March 1889.

In 1909, the tower was almost demolished but was spared because its antenna could be used for military purposes. In fact, during WWI, intercepted a coded message between Germany and Spain that offered details about “Operative H-21.” Based in part on this message, the French arrested, convicted and executed Mata Hari for spying on behalf of Germany. Over the decades, the “Iron Lady” has changed her looks with the application of a spectrum of paint colors and until 1930 the Eiffel Tower was the tallest man-made structure in the world.

Today, the Eiffel Tower is a true landmark of Paris and one of the city's most famous attractions. Proclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage since 1991, have more than 7 millions of visitors each year.