The French government strictly forbids taking a photograph of the Eiffel Tower at night, and violators can be penalized under the law. The tower dazzles from the 20,000 light bulbs that brilliantly shine for 5 minutes every hour from dusk until 1 a.m. As the quintessential national symbol, the Eiffel Tower's spectacular and artistic nighttime light exhibition is legally and exclusively owned by France.
The Eiffel Tower was named after its architect, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. It was constructed in 1889 to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution. Since it became available to the public, around 250 million people have visited the site. In modern times, an annual estimate of 7 million sightseers flock to Paris to visit the world-renowned structure.
The Eiffel Tower played a historical role during World War I. It became instrumental in the capture of the famous spy Mata Hari.