Who hasn't dreamt of time travel? With Viality Tour, you are projected into the Paris of the 1880s. Get ready for an unusual and immersive visit to the Eiffel Tower!
Birth of the Iron Lady
May 1889: Paris welcomes the whole world to celebrate the centenary of the French Revolution. The pavilions of the Universal Exhibition were spread over several locations in the capital: the esplanade des Invalides, the Palais du Trocadéro. But it is toward the Champ-de-Mars that all eyes turn. There, an incredible technological feat defies the sky.
The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated for the Universal Exhibition of 1889. Tourists and the Parisian elite flock to see what some have called a monstrosity. Yet it was an immediate success: In two months, the so-called Iron Lady attracted more than 2 million visitors.
Back to the 21st century: You meet in front of the École Militaire, where your guide is waiting. He equips you with a virtual reality headset. From there, you cross the Champ-de-Mars, to arrive in sight of the [Eiffel Tower](. Before your eyes, its incredible metal structure, the brainchild of Gustave Eiffel, gradually rises.
In a 360° immersion, you will witness the construction of the tower’s pillars in November 1887, and then the various stages of its gradual building.
Viality takes you back to the end of the 19th century, at the time of La Belle Époque. In the festive atmosphere of the Champ-de-Mars, elegantly dressed ladies and gentlemen walk around you, surrounded by horse-drawn carriages or soldiers in full dress uniform. You can also admire the pavilions built for the 1889 Universal Exposition, which were later demolished, as was the famous tower.
This immersive experience lasts just over an hour, with commentary available in French and English. For the comfort of all, the group is deliberately limited to a maximum of 8 people.
Paris Region is full of more unusual visits, each one greater than the other. A great way to discover all its secrets.
75008 Paris 8ème
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- Michel Dang