The addition of modern technology has seen the 133-year-old Eiffel Tower grow taller for the fourth time in its history.
A helicopter carrying a 19.7ft (6m) radio antenna recently flew to the top of the tower where waiting engineers strapped it to the top of the famous Paris landmark.
Reuters shared a video (below) on Twitter showing the work in progress…
WATCH: The Eiffel Tower has risen 6 meters after a helicopter installed a digital radio antenna on top of France’s most iconic monument https://t.co/JhYYV4aYUj pic.twitter.com/MiTAkJ19nC
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 21, 2022
The addition of the new radio antenna means the Eiffel Tower now stands 330 meters (1,083 feet) above the ground at its tip, cementing its position as the eighth tallest structure in France.
The new antenna will be used to transmit digital radio throughout the French capital, according to France24.
Commenting on the new addition to the Eiffel Tower, Jean-François Martins, the head of the tower’s operating company, said: “It’s a moment of great pride”, adding that the iconic structure is “returning to its roots as a place of technology and scientific experimentation.
The Eiffel Tower was designed and built by engineer Gustave Eiffel. Upon completion, the tower stood 1,024.6 feet (312.3 meters), making it the first structure to exceed 300 meters in height.
It was only meant to stand for 20 years, built as it was for the Universal Exhibition, an event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.
However, Eiffel managed to prolong the life of the monument by making it more useful, adding weather monitoring devices and forcing astronomers to use it for their work. Fitting him with radio transmitting equipment for the first time in 1957 firmly established his right to stay.
The last time the Eiffel Tower increased in height was in 2000 when the addition of another radio antenna took it from 1,045.6 feet (318.7 meters) to 1,063 feet (324 meters).
With more than 250 million people having visited the site since the day it opened – many of whom head to its highest viewing platform at 276 meters (906 ft) – the Eiffel Tower is now listed as the the most visited in the world.
Although it is one of the tallest structures in France, the Eiffel Tower is much shorter than the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which rises to 829.8 meters.