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Eiffel Tower Eiffel Tower wrought-iron tower in Paris a landmark and an early example of wrought-iron construction on a gigantic scale It was designed and built by the French civil engineer Gustave Alexandre Eiffel for the Paris Worlds Fair of 1889 The tower without its modern broadcasting antennae is 300 m 984 ft high The lower section consists of four immense arched legs set on masonry piers The legs curve inward until they unite in a single tapered tower Platforms each with an observation deck are at three levels on the first is also a restaurant The tower constructed of about 6300 metric tons about 7000 tons of iron has stairs and elevators A meteorological station a radio communications station and a television transmission antenna as well as a suite of rooms that were used by Eiffel are located near the top of the tower Notre Dame Notre Dame cathedral of Notre Dame Our Lady on the island called le de la Cit at the heart of Paris Notable for its elegant proportions it was a model for the French Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages An earlier church perhaps preceded by a Roman temple probably existed on the site of the present building which was begun in 1163 by Bishop Maurice de Sully and completed for the most part by 1250 The original plan was later compromised by the construction late 13th and early 14th centuries of a run of side chapels completely encircling the nave and choir The west front of the cathedral is a classic of French Gothic style see Gothic Art and Architecture with three richly carved portals or doorways The central portal depicts the biblical story of the Last Judgment The north and south transept fronts which date from the second half of the 13th century are decorated with two rose windows circular stained-glass windows constructed using a
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