By Evie Carrick
May 21, 2019

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, and consistently ranks as one of the world’s most popular tourist sites — so you can imagine the disappointment when tourists showed up today to find the iconic monument closed.

Officials evacuated the Eiffel Tower Monday after a man tried to scale the monument. The Associated Press reports that the man could be seen dangling just below the highest level of the structure — almost 900 feet in the air. It wasn’t immediately clear why the man had attempted to climb the tower or how he got past the monument’s security.

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Tourists were evacuated, and the monument is closed indefinitely, according to the French news site 20 Minutes.

The Eiffel Tower Exploitation Company, which operates the monument, advised tourists to postpone their visit.

A member of the Paris police said a climbing specialist and a team of firefighters were on the scene and were in touch with the intruder.

Further information was not disclosed and it’s not known when the Eiffel Tower will reopen.

The closure comes less than one week after the Eiffel Tower celebrated its 130 anniversary with an elaborate light show.

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