When Paris Las Vegas was built, in the 1990's, it was originally planned to be a full size 1,000 foot tall replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. However, due to its proximity to the airport, that was not deemed feasible. The Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower is only 500 feet tall. In 2003, the real Eiffel Tower had a new lighting system installed which was copyrighted, making it illegal to sell photographs taken of the tower a night. Fortunately, the replica has no such restrictions.