Eiffel tower

The Eiffel Tower expands with a new antenna


The Eiffel Tower rose six meters on March 15 when vertigo-defying engineers installed a new radio antenna atop the Paris landmark using a helicopter.


The tallest building in Paris, affectionately nicknamed the Iron Lady, stands 330 meters tall after the new addition.
A handful of tourists watched as the antenna was put into place on the morning of March 15, with the two engineers tasked with attaching it to the structure barely visible from the ground.

The new antenna will be used to transmit digital radio for the Capital Region.

The masterpiece was built in 1889 to a design by architect Gustave Eiffel, but was to be dismantled 20 years later.

In order to save it, Eiffel endeavored to give it a scientific vocation, installing weather monitoring equipment and encouraging its use for astronomical observation.

It was its role as an important radio transmitter tower, initially for the military, that saved it from destruction, according to its official history.

In the 1910s it was used to send telegrams to the United States and is credited with picking up German battlefield instructions during the First World War.


Its previous antenna was fixed in 2000 and was used for digital television.