For the first time in history, the original Eiffel Tower staircase ventures out of Paris and makes its way across the globe to Manila. It measures five metres in height and 1.7 metres in diametre, and weighs 1.7 tons. Architecture enthusiasts and mall-goers can marvel at this piece of history on the Greenbelt 3 lobby now until January 15, 2018.
This initiative is borne of the partnership between Ayala Malls and renowned Parisian teahouse Janat Paris. Janat Paris is owned by the Janat family who—through Janat Dores—shares a unique history with Gustave Eiffel, the renowned engineer and architect behind the French monument. Dores’ and Eiffel’s common history and friendship led to the creation of the Janat French Oak Tea, which was first served at the inauguration of the Exposition Universelle in 1889.
At the time of its unveiling in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest tower in the world—a symbol of French ingenuity, craftsmanship and engineering prowess. Constructed by a total of 250 workers, the tower stood at 300 metres tall, and was built in two years, two months, and five days.