PARIS — The Eiffel Tower rose 19.69 feet on Tuesday after a new digital radio antenna was fixed to the top of the Paris landmark.
The tower, built by Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century, now stands 1082ft after the DAB+ (digital audio) antenna was airlifted to its summit by helicopter under overcast skies.
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 crowned in 1929.
The wrought iron lattice tower is one of the most visited tourist sites in the world, according to TripAdvisor.
However, it was also used for broadcast transmissions for over 100 years, the height of its top changing several times as aging antennas were replaced.
Live television footage showed the helicopter lowering the antenna to its base atop the tower, where workers secured it in an operation that took less than 10 minutes.
New York Post