The Eiffel Tower's spectacular evening light show is renowned the world over. 

Since its inception in 1985 the light show, created by electrician and lighting engineer, Pierre Bideau, has drawn the attention of millions of tourists from all over the world. 

And what do people tend to do when they visit a picturesque site? Yup, you guessed it, they take pics!

The Eiffel Tower is made up of 20 000 light bulbs that illuminate the tower for five minutes every hour on the hour from dusk until 1am.

But, it turns out that it's actually illegal to photograph the Eiffel Tower's light show. 

Yes, you heard right.

The FAQ section of the Eiffel Tower's operating company, Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, reads, “The views from the Eiffel Tower are rights-free. Permission and rights must be obtained from the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel for the publication of photographs of the illuminated Eiffel Tower.”

So you're allowed to take those pics during the day. But if you shoot at night, you might just find yourself in hot water.