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Eiffel Tower expands 20ft with new antenna in ‘spectacular feat’

The monument of Paris – Eiffel Tower, one of the seven wonders of the world, is a great tourist attraction. If you visit Paris and don’t get clicked past the Eiffel Tower, your trip seems incomplete. Well, the monument is currently in the news and trending as it added six meters to its height after a new digital radio antenna was fitted to it on March 15. A video showing a helicopter carrying the antenna to the top of the tower and technicians installing it at a dizzying height of 324 meters has surfaced online. The clip was posted on the Eiffel Tower’s verified Twitter account, La tour Eiffel, and is widely shared on social media.

The “rare and spectacular technical feat” of adding an antenna has now raised the height of the Eiffel Tower from 324m to 330m. People might wonder why the antenna was installed. According to the translation of the tweet made by The Eiffel Tower, the addition of the additional 6 meters was intended to improve digital radio coverage and broadcast nearly 30 TNT channels and 23 radio stations to the city’s 12 million inhabitants.

For the uninitiated, the Eiffel Tower was installed in 1889 and its original height was 300 meters. The French flag was hoisted above, to give the tower a height of 312 meters. In 1956, a fire broke out, following which the configuration of the upper part of the tower had to be modified. In addition to changing the structure, a live broadcast dish and frequency modulated radio transmitters were installed, hence the height of the tower became 320.75 meters in 1957. In 2000, a new Ultra High antenna Frequency (UHF) was installed, which again took the height of the monument to 324 meters, according to a press release translated from the official Eiffel Tower website.

The Eiffel Tower held the title of tallest man-made structure in the world – for four decades until 1929, when the Chrysler Building in New York was built.

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