Eiffel Tower replica unveiled in Honduras

The replica was the first in Latin America and the 18th in the world.

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2010, 09:30 AM IST

Tegucigalpa: French and Honduran officials inaugurated an eight-metre replica of the Eiffel Tower in the heart of Tegucigalpa as a symbol of friendship between the two nations.

The reproduction of the original 324-metre structure that is synonymous with Paris was erected before Tegucigalpa`s Los Dolores church in the capital`s historic centre.

"It`s an honour for me to share with the Honduran people the joy of the French people, and thanks to the mayor," French Ambassador to Honduras Laurent Dominati told a crowd celebrating the July 14 French national holiday with French popular songs and other festivities.

He said the tower represented a "symbol of the friendship between France and Honduras”.

Mayor Ricardo Alvarez noted this was the first time France had built a replica of the Eiffel Tower in a Latin American capital.