Starry Blue Eiffel Tower ~ France

The Eiffel Tower lit in blue with stars representing the CEE in Paris, France.


In 2008, the Eiffel Tower was lit in blue every evening while France was presiding the E.U. It resembled the  European Union flag with the 12 yellow stars.

Some facts about the Tower you maybe didn’t know:

  • In February 1912, the Austrian tailor Franz Reichelt died after jumping 60 metres from the first deck of Eiffel tower with his home-made parachute.
  • During the First World War, a radio transmitter located in the tower helped jam German radio communications.
  • In 1940, during German occupation of Paris,  the elevator cables were cut by the French so that Adolf Hitler would have to climb the steps to the summit. When visiting Paris, he chose not to climb. It was said that Hitler conquered France, but did not conquer the Eiffel Tower.
  • The tower glitters every night for a few minutes thanks to more than 20,000 flash bulbs.
  • The tower and its representations are public domain, but a French court has ruled in 1992 that the night-time display (the lights and decorations) are protected under copyright, except if taken from far in panoramic view.


Quick Tips:

Learn how to see the light, it will help you craft your photos. The best lighting is from the side which gives a sens of depth to your subject. Avoid the light from above especially when taking portraits, it creates ugly shadows on your subject’s face.


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The cold side of a pillow


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  • Hi Daniel! Loved this blue tower! I also liked the tip, its quite annoying to take pictures during the day when its too sunny… So the copyright restrictions mean that you can’t take a picture of the tower at night? How much ‘panorama’ is required to escape this (silly) law? :P

    • Thanks a lot, glad yo like :)
      Yes according to the French court ruling, it’s not allowed to take a photo at night with the lighting. Obviously, I don’t know how they intend to apply that law anyway as hundreds of tourists take photos every time of day. According to them, even my photo is not allowed!
      How much of a panorama? I don’t really know. I guess it just means that it has to include some other scenes than the tour Eiffel maybe? Silly I know.