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Taj Mahal, Statue of Liberty welcome Eiffel Tower on Twitter

Last updated on: December 28, 2015 15:38 IST

 

The world-renowned Taj Mahal and the Statue of Liberty have welcomed the 126-year-old Eiffel Tower on Twitter, as the world’s most visited monument joined the micro-blogging site last week.

“Parisian since 1889, now I am sparkling on Twitter!” said one of the first tweets, in both English and French, on the official account of the EiffelTower.

“Welcome @LaTourEiffel,” tweeted the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s wonders, built in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

“Thanks a lot @TajMahal,” EiffelTower tweeted back.

The 1,063 feet-high tower nicknamed La Grande Dame by its creator Gustave Eiffel attracts more than seven million visitors from across the globe each year.

It already has around 1.7 million fans on its Facebook account but until last week had kept away from Twitter.

Its arrival under the username @LaTourEiffel was quickly hailed by direct tweets from the official accounts of other world-renowned monuments, the ‘Telegraph’ reported.

“Welcome to Twitter, my sister,” said a tweet by the Statue of Liberty, which was designed by a French sculptor and built by Eiffel before being shipped off to the US as a gift from the people of France in the late 19th century.

Along with the Taj Mahal, New York’s EmpireStateBuilding also welcomed the tall Paris tower to the world of microblogging.

The Louvre, the world’s most visited museum in France, did likewise, in a tweet accompanied by a photo of the tower on the distant horizon taken from the museum’s rooftop.

The administrators of the EiffelTower said they had decided to open the Twitter account to provide news about the Tower, historical facts as well as practical information. 

Photograph: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

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