38 Seconds Over Paris

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge — Tower.

The Montparnasse Tower juts above the Paris skyline. Its elevators are the fastest in Europe: 38 seconds between the ground floor and the 56th.  A countdown clock in the elevator — where you would expect to see floor numbers — flashes rapidly as the elevator ascends or descends.  38 seconds of elevator plus three more flights of stairs takes you to the 210 meter high Observation Deck hovering above Paris. It provides a 360 degree panoramic view extending 40 km in all directions (on a clear day), including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, the Pantheon, the Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe — in fact, everything but Montparnasse Tower.  The photo below shows the one view you can’t see from the Observation Deck.


This photo was taken on April 24, 2019, with a Canon 200D.

5 thoughts on “38 Seconds Over Paris”

  1. Would this be worth a special trip to? I’ve always considered it an, “if I’m in the area..”, kind of place but as I’m planning another trip to Paris I wonder if I should go out of my way.

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    1. It is very convenient to the Metro. The views from the top are fantastic, especially of the Eiffel Tower and especially at night. We have been to Paris many times but this was the first time to Montparnasse Tower. I wish we had gone sooner.

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