Little Known History: The Secret Apartment Within the Eiffel Tower

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It may not boast all the chic amenities you would expect from a French home, but it definitely has the best view in all of Paris.

The designer of the structure, Gustave Eiffel, completed the tower in 1889. It is at that time that Gustave decided to build himself a hidden apartment on the third level of the tower, 1,000 feet above the Champs duMars.

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It has been revealed that the secret apartment had a grand piano, wooden furniture, colorful patterned wallpaper and important high-tech scientific equipment. Gustave Eiffel would use the tiny hidden home as a small laboratory for his work.

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (b/w photo)  by Nadar, (Gaspard Felix Tournachon) (1820-1910); black and white photograph; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; (add. info.: Alexandre Gustave (1832-1923): French civil engineer and architect; metallic structures; bridges; Bordeaux bridge; tower); Archives Charmet; French, out of copyright

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (b/w photo) by Nadar, (Gaspard Felix Tournachon) (1820-1910); black and white photograph; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; (add. info.: Alexandre Gustave (1832-1923): French civil engineer and architect; metallic structures; bridges; Bordeaux bridge; tower); Archives Charmet; French, out of copyright

The Parisian elite frequently begged Mr. Eiffel for the opportunity to rent out the secret apartment but to no avail. Eiffel would not let anyone use the exclusive space. Even now, 92 years after his death, the apartment is rarely opened for public viewing.

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