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Where to Take the Best Photos of the Eiffel Tower

Condé Nast Traveler Logo By Sara Lieberman of Condé Nast Traveler | Slide 1 of 9: “At sunrise, this is one of the best ways to capture the whole tower with little distraction in the background,” says Krystal Kenney, a Paris-based American portrait photographer who shoots engagements, weddings, and other celebrations. “By 10 a.m., tour buses begin unloading and the scene becomes crowded.”

Like the Empire State Building in New York City or Big Ben in London, seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris is, for most visitors, a requirement. Whether sparkling at night or caught in fog on a cloudy day, the beauty of its silhouette can't be denied. But seeing doesn't have to mean visiting—or climbing, for that matter. In fact, for some, a surprise sighting can be the most exhilarating—even if it's just partial. Maybe all you need is to capture its top as it comes into view on rue Caulaincourt in Montmartre; or while touring the graves of the many late greats in Père-Lachaise cemetery, one of the city's highest points. We asked three Paris-based photographers to share their favorite spots for capturing the Tower in all its unobstructed magnificence.

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