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Paris Hotel & Casino. Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas in the morning. Paris Hotel & Casino from the Bellagio. The Eiffel Tower is a 1/2 scale replica of the original in Paris. Paris was opened in 1999.


Paris Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the famed Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, USA , that is owned and operated by Harrah's Entertainment. As its name suggests, its theme is the city of Paris in France; it includes a 5/8ths scale, 540-foot-tall (164.6 m) replica of the Eiffel Tower, a neon sign in the shape of the Montgolfier balloon, a two-thirds size Arc de Triomphe and a replica of La Fontaine des Mers. The front facade of the building suggests the Paris Opera House and the Louvre.


Ground was broken for the Paris on April 17, 1997. It opened September 1, 1999 with fireworks being shot from the Eiffel tower. French actress Catherine Deneuve flipped a switch, turning on all of the Paris' lights.


When the scale model of the Eiffel Tower was built, it was planned to be full scale, but the airport was too close and the tower had to be shrunk. The scale is approximately 5/8ths.


Paris cost USD $785 million to build, and occupies 24 acres (97,000 m²).


The casino itself contains a sky painted ceiling, a popular choice among Las Vegas resorts. A unique aspect of Paris Las Vegas is that the back legs of its Eiffel Tower actually come down through the ceiling into the middle of the casino floor.

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Taken on December 18, 2003