Paris is home to a few must-see tourist attractions. There’s the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and of course the Eiffel Tower. A guided tour of any of these places will tell you that no matter how much you think you know about them, there’s always more to learn.

That’s never been more true than now, after it was revealed that the Eiffel Tower houses a secret that it’s kept for centuries. You’re definitely going to want to see what this is all about!

Eiffel Tower designer Gustave Eiffel designed the world-famous tower that was opened to the public in 1889. When it was built there was a small inclusion that most people don’t know about. Located at the top of the tower is a small apartment…

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Over the years, many people have attempted to rent the fully-furnished apartment, though Gustave was uninterested in making a monetary profit from it. He used the apartment as a place to relax and reflect on life. He did, however, invite the occasional guest, such as Thomas Edison.

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The apartment, which sits roughly 1,000 feet above the ground, has only recently become available to be viewed by the public.

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Recently, a second apartment was added to the tower, though it sits a few floors lower than the original. Four people had the opportunity to spend the night after winning a competition. This apartment features two bedrooms, a kitchen, and an urban greenhouse, not to mention panoramic views of Paris, with floor-to-ceiling windows.

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It’s so cool that Gustave had the foresight to make such an awesome apartment. I hope I get to see it some day!

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