The Eiffel Tower Reopens to the Public After Paris Attack

The Eiffel Tower Reopens to the Public After Paris Attack
Source: AP
Source: AP

The Eiffel Tower, an esteemed monument and tourist attraction in Paris, reopened to the public on Monday after being shut down "indefinitely" in wake of the several terrorist attacks that struck the city on Friday.

The tower reopened at 4:20 p.m. local time — 10:20 a.m. Eastern time — after Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo requested that it be closed to the public and its lights be shut off in mourning after at least 129 people were killed and hundreds wounded a series of ISIS attacks in Paris on Friday. The tower lit up with the French flag's red, white and blue after sunset upon its reopening on Monday. 

The period of mourning was declared for Saturday through Monday, the three days following the attack. The Eiffel Tower was among several of the city's national monuments that were closed during mourning, including the Louvre, the Musée D'Orsay and l'Orangerie. The Musée l'Orangerie reopened its doors on Monday, and the Musée D'Orsay will reopen on Tuesday. 

While the Eiffel Tower was dark, famous monuments around the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Shanghai's Oriental Pearl Tower and New York City's One World Trade Center were lit up with the colors of the French flag over the weekend.

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Jessica Eggert

Jessica is a staff writer at Mic, covering breaking news. She is based in New York and can be reached at jessica@mic.com.

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