A man who boarded the Eiffel Tower and abruptly closed the National Monument on Monday for several hours was detained, authorities said.
About 2,500 people were evacuated from the building while the Paris Fire Brigade tried to catch the climber, officials said. Around 9:30 pm, the authorities said, they were able to talk to the man who spent hours near the third floor of the 303 meter high building.
It was unclear why the man had climbed the landmark. The Eiffel Tower reopens on Tuesday at 9:30 am, as the Eiffel Tower company announces with the official website of the landmark.
A spokeswoman for the tower operator told Reuters that the man entered the tower normally and began climbing once he was done on the second floor.
The tower's official Twitter account announced the closure on Monday afternoon. "We advise our visitors to postpone their visit," it said. The blockade left tourists stuck on top of the tower, and France 24 reported that the promenade below the tower was also closed.
Monument and local police representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comments.
After the monument was closed and its Twitter account responded to angry visitors. It told several tourists that pre-purchased tickets would be refunded and apologized for the inconvenience.
In the past, attempts have been made to scale the historical structure. In 2015, James Kingston, a British climber and daredevil, who has performed many stunts at high altitude, should have climbed the tower.
In 2018 bullet-proof glass was installed at the northern and southern ends of the structure to protect it from stunts. According to NPR, the glass panes are almost three meters high and more than two inches thick. At the eastern and western end, metal fences were erected to prevent the entry of vehicles.
The building, designed by the French engineer Gustave Eiffel, was completed in 1889 and lasted less than two years. Around seven million people a year visit it.