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The Eiffel Tower Just Got 20 Feet Taller

This week, a 6-meter-high antenna was erected on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, bringing the famous monument to a new height.

According to a statement from the monument, the antenna, which stands just under 20 feet tall, was put with the aid of a helicopter on Tuesday morning in an effort to increase digital radio coverage. It raises the tower's overall height to around 1,083 feet.

"March 15, 2022, will be a historic day for the Eiffel Tower, which has historically played a key role in important radio and television advances," according to the statement.

Then, in 2000, an Ultra High Frequency antenna was erected, raising the tower's height to 1,063 feet.

The Eiffel Tower, while dominating the Parisian skyline and being an iconic landmark to this day, is not the world's highest structure. According to Guinness World Records, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai holds the title, with a height of slightly over 2,716 feet. It's about three times the height of the Eiffel Tower.

The latest achievement of the Eiffel Tower comes as France relaxes its border rules for American tourists, reclassifying the US as a "green" country and allowing both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors to visit. In addition, France has lifted its mask regulations and halted its immunization permit, which was previously required to enter public places such as restaurants and cafés, as well as to travel great distances by train.

The Eiffel Tower, for its part, reopened to the public in July 2021 following a 9-month pandemic-related hiatus, the longest since World War II.


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