Over 250 million people have visited the Eiffel Tower in Paris since it opened in 1889. However, not many 19th century Parisians know of Gustave Eiffel’s private apartment 285m up the tower that made him the envy of every elite in the city.
The apartment was not a grand and hedonistic dwelling but a cozy home “furnished in the simple style dear to scientists.” When word got out of his little nest in the sky, Eiffel is said to have received a swarm of offers to rent the space for even a night – however, he rejected them all. He left it as his own personal space to quietly reflect and entertain prestigious guests. It is said he entertained Thomas Edison – who gifted Eiffel one of his phonograph machines.
The apartment has been closed for decades but it is now open to the public for viewing. The majority of the furnishings remain untouched with the exception of wax figures within the space.