The tower located in Paris, France was constructed between 1887 and 1889 as the means of access or the Exposition Universelle, a World's Fair that acknowledged the 100th year since the French Revolution. The structure was 1,000 feet (300 meters) was the tallest building in the world at that time, and kept the title until 1930. The Chrysler Building in New York City surpassed the tower at 1,047 feet (319 meters). Today the tower is the fifth tallest in France and the tallest in Paris.
There were mixed feelings when the tower was completed. Many people of Paris thought the iron framework was not a pretty sight, in spite of the praise it got as an architectural marvel. Since that time, the Eiffel Tower has become a well-known symbol of Paris and one of the most well known structures on the earth.
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Eiffel Tower, Paris France
Upkeep of the tower requires 50 to 60 tons of paint every seven years to preserve it from rust. For an even apparance from the ground, the tower is painted in three different colors, with darkest on the bottom and the lightest at the top.
France's varied geography influences the climate. There are four climates which is dominated by the moderate summers and cold winters. The southwest part gets much precipitation in the winters. The mountainous areas of Auvergne, Pyrenees, and Alps gets a lot of snow in the winters. The western part of the country has a mostly mild marine weather. During the summers, temperatures average 61 degrees F (16 degrees C). In the winters, the temperature goes to 45 degrees F (7 degrees C). It rains regularly all year round.
Paris has mild weather with temperatures at 66 degrees F (19 degrees C in July and 37 degrees F (3 degrees C) in January. The rainfall amounting to 23 inches occurs evenly throughout the year, sometimes it just drizzles instead of rains.
France's climate in the inland parts are much more extreme with the summers hotter and the winters colder. In the mountains, the winters are very cold and last for a long time. The higher the altitude, the higher is the rainfall. The humidity can be from 50% to 97%.