Eiffel Tower Evacuated and Closed After Man Attempts to Climb It

A rescue worker hangs from the Eiffel Tower.
A rescue worker hangs from the Eiffel Tower. // Photo by AP Photo/Michel Euler via Newscred

The Eiffel Tower has been evacuated and will be closed until further notice after a man attempted to scale the famous landmark. 

According to a statement on the Eiffel Tower’s official website, the structure will be closed until further notice, and tourists are advised to postpone their visit. 

According to France24, the tower and the esplanade underneath it was evacuated Monday afternoon after a man was spotted climbing up the structure. A police source has told the AFP that police have made contact with the climber, but that they do not yet know why he began to scale the building. 

Free Luxury Travel Newsletter

Like this story? Subscribe to The Dossier

Luxury Travel Advisor’s only newsletter, covering unique destinations and product news for affluent travelers. Delivered every Tuesday & Thursday.

CNN International reports that the lockdown began at approximately 2:15 p.m. local time. 

An Eiffel Tower spokesperson told Reuters and the BBC that the man had entered the tower normally, only starting his climb once he reached the second floor. The first two floors of the tower can be reached by elevator or stairs, after which tourists must ride an elevator to go any higher. 

This article originally appeared on www.travelagentcentral.com.

Related Articles

Google Expands OTA Presence, Consolidates Travel Booking Tools

Summer in Paris: Hôtel de Crillon to Unveil “Yacht Club” Courtyard

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Viking Sky Emergency

Mandarin Oriental, Paris to Unveil New Signature Suite

Suggested Articles

Dancers, musicians and revelers have watched the sun flicker over the horizon at Stonehenge, celebrating the summer solstice at the Neolithic stone circle.…

The A will offer the new Vienna Vibe and Eastern Europe Escapes itineraries. Read more.

The mayor of Venice has asked Unesco to include city on its world heritage site blacklist after Italy’s transport minister failed to deliver a plan to avoid…