That famous French landmark, the Eiffel Tower is undergoing extensive renovation.
GV Eiffel Tower
SV Looking up towards the Eiffel Tower
SV Golden bust of Eiffel (2 shots)
CU Photographs dated 1888 during the construction of the Eiffel Tower (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM Building materials TO first floor of tower (2 shots)
SV Workmen carrying poles on first level
TV PAN FROM Remains of first floor TO second floor structure being removed (2 shots)
SV Workmen clearing rubble and fixing glass doors (2 shots)
SV Workmen sweeping new floor
SV Visitors going aboard escalator and people walking up steps (2 shots)
SV People inside lift and going up (2 shots)
GV Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower
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Background: That famous French landmark, the Eiffel Tower is undergoing extensive renovation. The 300 metre (984 feet) structure was built for a world exhibition in Paris and was designed by the noted French engineer Alexander Gustave Eiffel, who also gave his name to the tower. Completed in 1889, the open-lattice wrought iron tower was raised in a matter of months with a small labour force and at very little cost. The first stage of renovations are being carried out mainly on the first floor. They include the removal of installations fitted in 1937 which grossly exceeded the original weight displacement. The new additions have been designed to complement the original structure and include improvements to the viewing balcony, along with two restaurants. The lifts have been converted from battery to electric power and there will now be four cabins instead of one. Most of the cost of the renovations is being met by the ratepayers of Paris, but authorities plan to recoup the expense as even more tourists are attracted to the facilities and sights offered by the Eiffel Tower.