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Eiffel Tower grows 6 meters after new antenna attached

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Eiffel Tower grows 6 meters after new antenna attached

An employee of TDF (TeleDiffusion de France) looks at the Eiffel Tower during the installation of a new telecom transmission antenna on its top in Paris, France, March 15, 2022. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

The tower, built by Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century, now measures 330 meters after the digital audio antenna was airlifted onto its peak by helicopter


PARIS, France – The Eiffel Tower grew 6 meters (19.69 ft) on Tuesday, March 15, after a new digital radio antenna was attached to the top of the Paris monument.

The tower, built by Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century, now measures 330 meters after the DAB+ (digital audio) antenna was airlifted onto its peak by helicopter under a leaden sky.

During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to become the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for four decades until the Chrysler Building in New York City was topped off in 1929.

The wrought-iron lattice tower is among the most visited tourist sites in the world, according to TripAdvisor.

A helicopter flies next to the Eiffel Tower to install a new telecom transmission TDF (TeleDiffusion de France) antenna on its top, in Paris, France, March 15, 2022. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

It has, however, also been used for broadcast transmissions for more than 100 years, with the height of its pinnacle
changing numerous times as aging antennas were replaced.

Live television images showed the helicopter lowering the antenna onto its base atop the tower, where workmen made it secure in an operation that lasted less than 10 minutes. – Rappler.com

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