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Skyline takes on 'European Airs'
Eiffel Tower Clone Finally Completed in Seattle
The Duwamish Isn't Exactly the Seine River, But...
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The real tower is located on the southern bank of the Seine River in France and is 300 m (984 ft) high.
Seattle's newest skyline icon is a scale model measuring only 401 feet tall. But it's an exact replica in every other way, and it's an impressive addition to a booming tourist industry.
The scheme was hatched five years ago when Seattle was scrambling to improve its tourism prospects.
"The Eiffel Tower was a natural choice because it already had its own aura of popularity, and that meant minimal advertising to maximize its profile here in Seattle," said John Barker, chief architect for the project. "Soon it will be as famous as the Space Needle, and that's good for all of us."
The structure, shown here ablaze with lights to celebrate the Grand Opening, will be open to general tourism in 'about two weeks'. The fee to ride to the top, $4, is designed to 'borrow' a few of the Space Needle's patrons who might already be a little miffed at the steep prices required to hitch a ride to the observation deck of the Needle.
"We don't have a restaurant at the top of the (Eiffel) Tower," said Joline Carter, official spokeswoman for the project. "What we do have is history. The Eiffel Tower is one of the richest historical icons in the world. That gives it an undeniable romance. And now we can experience a little of that culture and mystique right here in our own backyard."
More information on Seattle's new baby can be found at www.eiffel-towers-r-us.com.
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