Do You Know What the World’s #1 Pay-to-Visit Monument Is?

Pilings for Eiffel TowerWhen it was first proposed, there was an outrage against the very idea of building it, and on  Valentine’s Day, 1887 a signed petition was published Looking Up Inside the Eiffel Towerin the popular Parisian newspaper, La Temps, stating:

Lacy Ironworks of Eiffel Tower“We, writers, painters, sculptors, architects and passionate devotees of the hitherto untouched beauty of Paris, protest with all our strength, with all our indignation in the name of slighted French taste, against the erection … of this useless and monstrous [tower].”

Travel Pro InsigniaToday, even my luggage has this monument’s iconic symbol as part of their trademark, and now I know why! Eiffel Tower6.91 million people paid to soar nearly 1,000 feet to the top Eiffel Tower at Night 3of the this massive monument last year, Eiffel Tower in Paris Franceand that’s more than pay to experience any other monument in the world! Under the Eiffel TowerWise tourists can get reservations months in advance. Selfie at Eiffel TowerNot so savvy visitors sometimes have to stand in line for hours. Eiffel Tower and flowering treeI remember about 10 years ago when my sons Jonathan and Daniel spent their summer in France…they climbed the tower in the heat of a 107° day, Descending the Eiffel Tower 2but I don’t recommend it! Eiffel Tower from the Arch of TriumphBetter to save your steps for climbing the Arc de Triomphe Arc de Triomphe from Eiffel Tower ar Night(which isn’t nearly as high and has no elevator service). Eiffel Tower as seen from Jardins du TrocadéroWe rode up on a blissful spring evening Roue de Paris at Night from Eiffel Towerand enjoyed watching all the twinkling city lights blink on. Eiffel Tower from Palais de ChaillotWe were advised to take the subway to the stop for the Palais de Chaillot Eiffel Tower as seen from Jardins du Trocadéro 1and then walk through the Jardins du Trocadéro, Eiffel Tower as seen from Jardins du Trocadéro. Picnickerswhere picnicking on the lawns makes for a pleasurable and romantic evening. Eiffel Tower at Night Close upGreat tip! If you go to the Eiffel Tower, be sure to pay for a ticket to the top level Seine River at Night from Eiffel Towerand go straight there, working your way down Louve at night from Eiffel Towerafter you’ve had a chance to soak in all the beauty of “The City of Lights.” Joel on top of Eiffel Tower(You stand in line less this way.) Eiffel Tower Towers over ChurchesThe upper platform’s top level is the highest public observation deck
in the entire European Union, Sunset from Eiffel Towerand to me the most beautiful time of day is to go near sunset Sunset skyline of Paris from Eiffel Towerso you can see the city moving from day to night. Jardins du Trocadéro and Palais de Chaillot at Night from Eiffel TowerBut, start a little earlier than you think, View of Seine River from Eiffel Towerbecause it will take you longer than you think to actually make it to the top! Aerial View of Eiffel TowerSo, what do you think of one of the world’s best recognized symbols Eiffel Tower at Night 4having such a rough start? Descending the Eiffel TowerFor one thing, if you’ve got a good idea…don’t give up; Descending the Eiffel Tower 1you never know what might happen in the future! 🙂Lights of Paris from Eiffel TowerAlso, for the sake of full reporting, I do want to point out that there are a number of sacred temples and cathedrals around the world Notre Damethat attract even more visitors (like up to 30,000,000 a year), but they are free of charge to the visitor (though obviously not free for their tireless builders).Eiffel Tower from Air The Bible reminds us every believer is a temple to God, Hôtel national des Invalides at night as seen from the Eiffel Towerand that salvation is a free gift, already paid for by the blood of Christ. Eiffel Tower at Night 5All we have to do is accept the gift and it’s ours. Want the gift? Just ask! View of Eiffel Tower from Sacre CouerAs one who’s already accepted Christ, I am inspired by the Eiffel Tower Sun setting behind Eiffel Towerand pray my life becomes a beautiful monument to God’s grace! Descending the Eiffel Tower 3Also, speaking of rough starts, my parents thought I was nuts to become a Christian, but to me, it’s the best decision I’ll ever make…Statue of Eiffel at Towerincomparably better than the decision Gustave Eiffel made when he accepted the ingenious plans from the two engineers who actually designed the Eiffel Tower!  Eiffel Tower and Seine RiverI am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely (Revelation 21:6).  Eiffel Tower #1 Paid-to-ascend MonumentWhat? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)Travel Pro

(Also in the interest of full disclosure, on this trip I may be borrowing photos taken by my husband or sons, so it will be a bit of a joint project. However, I will give credits if any of the photos belong to anyone other than the four of us.)

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