For 41 years, the Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest man-made structure, standing at a proud 324 meters. Even today, it remains Paris's tallest structure, and has attracted more than 250 million visitors since it was built as the entryway to the 1889 World's Fair. Though the French initially hated the Eiffel Tower - a group of 300 artists, sculptors, and architects signed an 1887 petition to halt construction on the “ridiculous tower” - it’s since become one of the world’s most beloved landmarks... even among ghosts.
Paris is haunted by creepy sights and occurrences, from the bones that line its catacombs to the endless giggles of the Eiffel Tower ghost. The iconic edifice has endured its share of tragic events - not to mention global conflicts and more than a few attempts to tear it down.
These unsettling stories about the Eiffel Tower are (mostly) true - from shouting spirits to the accidental demise of a famed parachute inventor.