Eiffel tower

The Eiffel Tower turns off more than an hour earlier

Standing an impressive 1083 feet tall, the Eiffel Tower in Paris is one of the most iconic structures in the world. At night, it turns into a beacon of Parisian engineering. But starting this month, the lighting will be turned off more than an hour earlier than normal. Part of the reason is due to the war in Ukraine.

According Travel + Leisurethe tower will turn off the lights at 11:45 p.m., a change from a previous 1 a.m. policy. The move, which was announced via Twitter by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, is intended to save energy due to the energy crisis fomented by the Russian invasion. of Ukraine, but it also makes operational sense: the tower closes to visitors at 11:45 a.m.

Paris is among the European cities that are saving electricity following Russia’s increase in fuel costs in European countries that side with Ukraine. Demand is expected to increase in winter, with the potential for rationing or outages.

Although this seems to limit the opportunity to take photos of the Eiffel Tower at night, commercial photography of the illuminated structure is actually illegal due to a particular copyright law. Artist Pierre Bideau designed the lighting for the tower in the 1980s, meaning a commercial photo of the lit tower would need his permission. (Tourist photos for non-commercial use are acceptable.)

The city will also impose a lights-out policy for municipal buildings at 10:00 p.m. Public lights will remain on.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]