Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Paris In The Autumn

This autumnal shot of the Eiffel Tower was taken on my visit to Paris in November 2013. The Passerelle Debilly (Debilly Footbridge) is also seen crossing the river Seine in front of the tower.

Construction of the Eiffel Tower began in January 1887, and the main structural work was completed in March 1889. It was built to be the entrance arch to 1889 World's Fair. The tower was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built it. It stands at 324 metres tall, with the third level platform being 276 metres above the ground.

The Passerelle Debilly was built to accommodate the extra foot traffic to the 1900 World's Fair. Construction started in 1899 and it opened in 1900. The bridge is 125 metres long and 8 metres wide. It connects the quai de New York to the quai Branly.