Completed on March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower was world’s tallest man-made structure for 41 years until the completion of Chrysler Building in New York 1930. It is 324 meters tall (including antennas) and weighs 10,100 tonnes.
So here are some interesting facts about Eiffel Tower:
- It is possible to climb the tower but there are 1,665 steps so people take the lift. And the lift travel the distance of 103,000 km a year – two and half times the circumference of the earth.
- During the cold weather, the tower shrinks by about 6 inches.
- The engineer and architect behind the tower, Gustave Eiffel, was involved in a destructing attempt by the French to build a canal in Panama and his reputation was badly damaged.
- Since its opening 250 million have visited the tower. Today 7 million people visit every year, making it the most visited paid-for monument in the world.
- Repainting the tower which happens every 7 years requires 6 tonnes of paint.
- It was originally intended to stand for 20 years before being dismantled, but its use as a wireless telegraph transmitter meant it was allowed to stand.
- The tower comprises of 18,000 metallic parts, joined together by 2.5 million rivets.
- The tower sways around 6-7 centimeters (2-3 inches) in the world.
- There are 20,000 light bulbs used on Eiffel Tower to make it sparkle every night.
- In 1905 a local newspaper organized a stair climbing championship at the tower. A.M.Forestier won, taking three minutes and 12 seconds to reach the second level.
These were amazing, no? So now you can visit Eiffel Tower with full knowledge of it. Have a happy Journey!