The Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions with almost seven million visitors every year. It is located in Paris, France. It was designed and built by Gustave Eiffel’s engineering company and two of Eiffel’s senior engineers (Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier designed the tower).
It was originally constructed as a suitable centerpiece for the 1889 Paris Exposition. It was supposed to stand for just 20 years and be dismantled in 1909. It was going to be demolished but saved because it was proposed to be used as a giant radio antenna. A lucky escape for the French considering the amount of money brought into the economy from tourists wanting to visit the tower.
Quick Facts: –
- Since its official inauguration on March 31, 1889, more than 250 million people have visited.
- This iconic structure has a total of 20,000 light bulbs, 5,000 on each side that sparkle for 5 minutes on the hour.
- Eiffel tower has to be repainted every seven years, and it has to be hand painted. A total sixty tonnes of paint are required.
- This huge iron structure has a total of 1,665 stairs in order to reach the top.
- The tower was originally intended to be built in Barcelona and not in Paris.
- The tower was once sold to a scrap metal dealer by a con artist named Victor Lustig.
- There are more than 30 replicas of the Eiffel Tower around the world.
- At the time of its construction, it was the tallest building in the world at a height of 984 feet.
- French name for the Eiffel Tower is “La Tour Eiffel”. It also has the nickname “La dame de fer” which means the iron lady.
- During summers, the tower can grow up to six inches taller due to the thermal expansion.
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