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Eiffel Tower's new glass floor gives visitors a different view of Paris

The Eiffel Tower's hottest spot isn't at the top anymore. Following a two-year, $38 million renovation, visitors are now rushing to the bottom, where new glass floor panels have been installed.

The glass floor is 187 feet off the ground, on the lowest of the tower's three levels, and allows visitors to see both Paris and the intricate ironwork of the tower. "I hear that Paris has lost its attractiveness," Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said during the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday. "It's not true. We are an attractive city and capable of innovation without damaging our history."

The renovations, unveiled to the public on Monday, also include wind turbines and solar panels for power and toilets that use rainwater. --Catherine Garcia

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