Eiffel Tower Struck by Lightning

1 09 2011
By on September 1st, 2011 via LongIslandPress.com
(Photo: Betrand Kulik/Caters News Agency)

An intense picture of the Eiffel Tower during a lightning storm has caught the attention of people around the world.

The picture was taken by amateur photographer Bertrand Kulik, who lives three miles away from the tourist attraction.

“The weather was dry and the sky appeared to be completely clear, but suddenly it started to thunder,” the 31-year-old concert violinist told the Daily Mail. “I quickly grabbed my camera and put it on a tripod by the window in the hope I could get an action picture – but I never thought I would get such a magnificent shot.”

The photograph was taken in July of last year, but was just published by a French magazine. It will be featured in a lightning-themed exhibition in Issy l’Eveque, Burgundy.

Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was named after its designer and engineer Gustave Eiffel. It stands 1,063 ft tall, is 75 stories high and has over 1,600 steps. It was the world’s tallest man-made structure until 1930, when the Chrysler Building in New York was completed.

Today the popular tourist attraction is still the most-visited paid monument in the world.

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