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10 things you didn't know about the Eiffel Tower

It outdraws New York's Empire State Building (pictured), big time. From 2003 to 2008, the Parisian tower’s annual visitor count grew from 5.9 million to 6.9 million. (The Empire State Building’s operators report “more than 3.5 million” visitors a year.) The Paris tower is open every day and includes two restaurants. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. Michel Porro / Getty Images