The Google Cultural Institute and the Eiffel Tower Operating Company announced on Tuesday that they have jointly created three online exhibitions, which include both archival material and Street View 360-degree imagery of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Alongside an introductory YouTube video, the new exhibitions feature many technological aspects like modern-day Street View panoramas and a collection of 50 images, plans and engravings that depict the Eiffel Tower’s development and social impact in the 19th century. One of the more rare and somewhat haunting historical artefacts is a recording of Gustave Eiffel’s voice by Thomas Edison.
The first exhibition is the birth and initial idea of the Eiffel Tower, while the second is the construction of the monument via step-by-step photos and sketches. The third exhibition includes specifics on the inauguration and the first visitors - all of which lead into today’s Street View imagery from the top floor. The three exhibitions allow people from all over the world to fully explore and learn about the Eiffel Tower.
Google said more than 250 million people have visited the Eiffel Tower since its inauguration 1889. Moreover, at that time, elevators were not in service and 12,000 people a day climbed 1,710 steps to see the view from the top. Why? Well, the Eiffel Tower was the highest monument in the world for more than 40 years. Burj Khalifa in Dubai eventually took that title, but Google Street View made sure to capture that building as well.