Champ de Mars, Paris

Eiffel Tower. Standing at 324m / 1,063ft.  Its square base measuring 125m / 410ft.  Now the second tallest structure in France, after the Millau Viaduct.  Every 7 yrs the 250,000 m2 of the Tower is repainted taking 25 painters, 60 tons of paint, 18 months and costing around €4,000,000 to do.  When it was first opened to the public, the only option to the top was via the 1,710 steps till 26 May 1889 when the lifts became available.  During WWII the French cut the lift cables in a manoeuvre to hinder the Germans using the Tower.  German soldiers had to climb the steps to the top to fly the swastika flag.  It only last a few hours as it flew off due to being to big and was later replaced with a much smaller one.  When allies were nearing Paris, Hitler ordered the military governor of Paris, Gerenal Dietrich von Choltitz to demolish the tower along with the rest of the city. Gerenal Dietrich von Choltitz disobeyed the order as in return was hailed as the 'Saviour of Paris' by many.