The Eiffel Tower in Paris had to be shut down and evacuated on Monday after a man was spotted scaling up the side of the iconic landmark. According to reports, authorities say the man clung to the side of the structure for around seven hours before he was eventually removed safely. A spokesperson for the Eiffel Tower press office says the man entered the landmark like any other visitor would and took an elevator to the second floor, where he started his climb. Police and firefighters soon rushed to the scene, as some 2,500 visitors were evacuated as a precaution. A negotiator with the fire department’s special “climbers” unit talked with the man for several hours, before eventually persuading him into a third floor deck around 9:30 PM local time. At 1,063 feet tall, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest structure in the city of Paris.