The Eiffel Tower has just got taller! Here’s how

The iconic tower now soars 20 feet taller in the Parisian skyline after a new communications antenna was added to the top.
The popular lattice tower stands tall on the champ de mars in paris. Image: shutterstock/saiko3p.
The popular lattice tower stands tall on the Champ de Mars in Paris. Image: Shutterstock/saiko3p.

Over the past century, the Eiffel Tower has been used for broadcast transmissions. In a way, radio can be credited to the survival of the popular structure into the 21st century. This time, it has further contributed in making the Parisian landmark reach a new height (quite literally). In a historic event, the Eiffel Tower has had a growth spurt, thanks to a new communications antenna put on top, making it six metres (almost 20 feet) taller!

The  digital terrestrial radio antenna by TDF was installed with the help of a helicopter earlier this week, in an attempt to improve digital radio coverage across Paris and the Île-de-France region. With this, the tower now reaches a dizzying new height of 330 metres ( 1,082.68 feet) into the sky.

Watch the spectacular installation operation!

According to the Associated Press, the Eiffel Tower company’s president Jean-François Martins said scientific progress is an integral part to the tower’s 133-year history. “It is a historical moment. From the invention of the radio at the beginning of the 20th century to right now, decades after decades, the Eiffel Tower has been a partner for all the radio technology.”

The latest development comes as France relaxed its border restrictions countries in ‘green zone’, including India. Fully-vaccinated Indians can now enter France without any restrictions by presenting the proof of vaccination upon arrival. Unvaccinated travellers need a negative RT-PCR report for a test taken less than 72 hours. France has also lifted mask rules and suspended its vaccination pass that was previously required to access public places.

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