Completed 125 years ago on March 31, 1889, La Tour Eiffel was the world’s tallest man-made structure for 41 years until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930. During cold weather the tower shrinks by about six inches. The tower sways around six to seven centimetres (2-3 inches) in the wind. In 1944, as the Allies approached Paris, Hitler ordered Dietrich von Choltitz, the military governor of Paris, to demolish the tower, along with other parts of the city. The general refused. In 1960 Charles de Gaulle proposed temporarily dismantling the tower and sending it to Montreal for Expo 67. The plan was rejected.
Paris Las Vegas opened on September 1, 1999, with fireworks being shot from the Eiffel Tower. French actress Catherine Deneuve flipped a switch, turning on all of Paris’ lights, including the various crystal chandeliers in the main lobby. The Eiffel Tower Experience is an exact reproduction of one of Europe’s most famous landmarks, rendered meticulously at half-scale. At 460-feet, an experienced ambassador welcomes guests and points out can’t-miss Las Vegas landmarks and interesting historical facts. The tower is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., weather permitting.
In 2010, Caesars Entertainment Corp. began a series of improvement projects that would see some removal of the Parisian theme. Caesars has phased out the French greeters around the property, and in early 2010 began a major remodel project at the front entrance. The project debuted in Spring 2011 and included a new nightclub dubbed ‘Chateau’. The hotel’s famous steakhouse Les Artisies closed at the end of January 2011 to make way for Gordon Ramsay Steak. The controversial icon’s restaurant opened in June 2011.
While the original Eiffel Tower was constructed on March 31, 1889, the half-scale replica at Paris Las Vegas opened in 1999, and has since welcomed more than 10 million visitors. In celebration of the Parisian landmark’s historic milestone, the Eiffel Tower Experience will host a series of events throughout the year. The newest addition is “Locks on the Bridge,” Las Vegas’ take on the Parisian tradition that enables couples to declare their love by securing a personalized lock to the iconic bridge next to the Eiffel Tower Experience.