There’s a Secret Apartment Hidden Inside the Eiffel Tower


This Parisian apartment may not have all of the chic amenities you’d expect from a French pied-a-tierre, but it definitely has the best view: The City of Lights, as seen from top of the Eiffel Tower.

When designer Gustave Eiffel finished his tower in 1889, he built himself a secret apartment on the third level, almost 1,000 feet above Champ du Mars. In Eiffel’s time, the small room was filled with wooden furniture, colorful patterned wallpaper, and a grand piano. The apartment also held a small laboratory area, which the designer outfitted with the time’s most high-tech scientific equipment.

If you’re jealous, get in line. When Parisian high society learned of Eiffel’s private hideaway, they began begging him for the chance to rent it out, even for a day. No luck: He allowed no one else to use the space. Even today — 92 years after his death — the tradition continues, with the apartment only rarely opening for public view.

Learn more information at Atlas Obscura.

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The Most Expensive Homes In The World Right Now

The Most Expensive Homes In The World Right Now (

The Most Expensive Homes In The World Right Now (

Entrepreneurs are an ambitious lot. So why wouldn’t they want to make enough money to live, if not like royalty, then like Mukesh Ambani—India’s richest man who also lives in a 27-story skyscraper that he built for upwards of $2 billion. Ambani, who we profiled back in 2007 as he was building the 400,000-square-foot home called Antilia, takes top honors in a new infographic produced by the Australian site using data provided by Forbes. Check out all the highest of the high-end homes here.


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