Was the engineer Gustave Eiffel who was in charge of giving the city of Paris one of the most famous monuments that exist in the world today and that currently keeps its doors closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But this tower, which bears his name, also has an exclusive Department hidden that he created near the top to be able to spend time there.
At the Paris World’s Fair, the engineer surprised the world with the unveiling of the Eiffel Tower from 1889, but no one imagined that it had made the third floor of the monument its private space, which it used for a long time to receive its most important guests, and even to give private parties, in a truly enviable location where it was the tallest building in the world at least, until 1930.
This space was included by Eiffel in his plans during the construction, which began in 1887 and lasted two years, and which also cost around eight million francs from that time, in which 250 workers and 50 engineers participated.
The department is 90 square meters long, and is located at the top of the building, near the dome. The house was kept secret as visitors could only go up to the observatory, until the invitations of personalities of the time began to cause the envy of the Parisian elite, who, it is said, offered Gustave high amounts of money for staying a night in the apartment, but he always rejected them, according to a text in the newspaper La Vanguardia.
However, when Eiffel lost the Tower concession, the apartment was closed to the public and was forgotten. But later, the space was recovered and today it remains on display, decorated and adorned exactly as Gustave left it, with elegant fine wood furniture, a grand piano and wallpaper on the walls.
In the apartment there are some wax figures that recreate scenes of the engineer receiving his most important visits in his exclusive apartment with impressive views of the Arc de Triomphe, the Sacre Coeur, the River Siena and the Palais de Chaillot.
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