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20 Fun Facts About Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower

  1. Completion Date: The Eiffel Tower was completed on March 15, 1889, taking just over two years to build.
  2. Exposition Universelle: It was built as the entrance arch for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) held in Paris to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.
  3. Tallest Man-Made Structure: Upon completion, the Eiffel Tower became the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York.
  4. Named After the Engineer: It is named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
  5. Height: The Eiffel Tower stands approximately 330 meters tall, roughly the same height as an 81-story building. With its antennas included, it stands 324 meters tall.
  6. Three Levels: The Eiffel Tower has three levels that are accessible to the public. The first and second levels have restaurants, and the third level is an observatory.
  7. Paint: The Eiffel Tower is covered with 60 tons of paint every seven years to prevent it from rusting.
  8. Elevator Trips: The Eiffel Tower’s elevators travel a combined distance of over 103,000 kilometers a year.
  9. Initial Reactions: When it was first built, many Parisians and artists thought the tower was an eyesore. Some even demanded it be torn down.
  10. Temporary Installation: The Eiffel Tower was originally intended to stand for just 20 years.
  11. Radio Communications: The Eiffel Tower was reprieved from demolition when it was repurposed as a radio transmission tower.
  12. Visitors: The Eiffel Tower is one of the most visited monuments in the world, with millions of people visiting each year.
  13. Light Show: The Eiffel Tower is adorned with 20,000 light bulbs that sparkle for five minutes every hour during the evening.
  14. Wind Resistant: The Eiffel Tower was designed to be wind resistant and only sways a few inches in the wind.
  15. Steps: It takes 1,665 steps to reach the top of the Eiffel Tower by foot. However, visitors can only climb by foot to the second level.
  16. Color: The Eiffel Tower changes color every few years. It has been yellow and brown, but currently, it is bronze.
  17. Sold: A con artist named Victor Lustig “sold” the Eiffel Tower to a scrap metal dealer.
  18. Ice Rink: During the winter, there is an ice rink on the first level of the tower.
  19. Elevator: The original elevators were considered an engineering feat in the late 1800s.
  20. Artistic Inspiration: The Eiffel Tower has been the subject of numerous works of art, photographs, movies, and books, making it an iconic symbol of France.

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