Cycling down the Eiffel tower

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Perre Labric, cycling down the Eiffel Tower. (French National Library via Europeana)

In 1923, in post World War I France, the nation was recovering from the great War.  Journalist Pierre Labric for reasons that are unknown decided to ride his bicycle down the stairs from Level 1 of the Eiffel Tower (there are three levels),while also heavily populated with people.  At the time Pierre Labric was a journalist who went on to became a popular French Organist, Composer and Pedagogue and also became Montmartre’s mayor.  Whilst dangerous, Pierre’s antics brought much joy to the city.

Unfortunately I’m being the bearer of bad news. If you’re considering adding riding down the Eiffel tower stairs to your bucket list the French government made it illegal.  We can always dream though.

image courtesy French National Library via Europeana

The Eiffel tower

The Eiffel tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris is 324 meters in height which is about the same height as an 81-storey building.  The tower was built in 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair which was set to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution.  The tower was named after its engineer Gustave Eiffel who’s company built the tower. The Eiffel Tower is a global icon and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.  The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels. The top level’s upper platform is 276 m above the ground and is the highest observation deck accessible to the public in the European Union.


Perre Labric, cycling down the Eiffel Tower. (French National Library via Europeana)


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