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Eiffel Tower tickets to rise

Elevator rides to the top of the Paris landmark to cost 50% more from Wednesday

The cost of going to the top of the Eiffel Tower is set to rise nearly 50% from Wednesday.

A ticket for an adult to go to the top of the Iron Lady will rise from €17 to €25 on November 1, while the cost of a ticket to the first floor in the elevator will jump to €16 from the current €11. A ticket to take the stairs to the first level will rise from €7 to €10.

Reduced rates for children aged between four and 11, people with disabilities and jobseekers will remain in place.

The price increases are to finance an ambitious €300million 15-year refurbishment and modernisation project for one of Paris's most iconic landmarks. The renovations began in September.

The rises, however, mean the Eiffel Tower is more expensive to visit than the Colosseum in Rome, Athens' Parthenon, or the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona - all of which cost €15 to visit - but it is still cheaper than the Tower of London or the Empire State Building. At current exchange rates, prices for the venues in London and New York are the equivalent of €29.

The Eiffel Tower is now much more expensive than the Colosseum in Rome or the Parthenon in Athens, the two monuments costing twelve euros and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (15 euros for the single entry). On the other hand, it remains more affordable than the Tower of London (29 euros) and the Empire State Building (29 euros).

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