The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic structures in Paris, throughout France and throughout the world. It was designed by three architects of the Eiffel & Co company (Maurice Koechlin, Émile Nouguier and Stephen Sauvestre) and was built by the french engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel and his collaborators. The tower has a total height of 324 meters (including antennas).
With 130 years since its inauguration on March 31, 1889 are many things we can tell about it, that’s why today we bring you 20 curious facts about the Eiffel Tower.
Curious Facts You Didn’t Know About Eiffel Tower:
1. It is repainted with 60 tons of paint every 7 years to prevent corrosion and ensure its durability. It has been painted 19 times since its construction.
2. For environmental reasons, lead paint is no longer used since 2001, which has been used until that year.
3. It was the highest structure in the world for 41 years, until that the Chrysler Building in New York that in 1930 took the place as the tallest structure in the world in that time.
4. Despite having been the highest structure in the world for 41 years, nowadays it is not even among the 10 highest towers in the world, the first place is occupied by the Tokyo Sky Tree (634 meters tall)
5. Every year 7 million tourists arrive from all over the world, which has made it the most visited paid monument in the world.
6. Since its construction in 1889 it has received more than 250 million visitors.
7. Due to the increase in tourism in 1960, a remodeling of the tower that lasted 25 years began. This remodeling had the purpose of lightening the structure, renovating the elevators and adapting it to new security measures.
8. At present, it serves as a tourist attraction and as a radio and television broadcaster.
9. Of the 7 million tourists who visit the tower each year, about 75% are foreigners (5,250,000).
10. Its construction time lasted two years, two months and five days for 250 workers (it lasted twice as long as planned) and was officially inaugurated on March 31, 1889.
11. It has two underground facilities open to the public, a basement for military use in time of war and an underground machine room.
12. There are 17 replicas of the Eiffel Tower in the world. The replica in Las Vegas, United States, is the highest (165 meters).
13. The Eiffel Tower project was presented in several cities in Europe, but was rejected on numerous occasions because it was not related to the architecture of the time.
14. An American named Erika LaBrie “married” with the Eiffel Tower in 2007, she even changed her name to Erika Eiffel.
15. It has been “sold” as scrap on two occasions by a con man named Victor Lustig.
16. During the German occupation, the elevator cables of the tower were cut and the tower closed to the public.
17. The tower has a total of 1665 steps.
18. Two of its original elevators are still working.
19. Citroën car brand placed a large advertising poster between 1925 and 1934. With more than 250,000 bulbs wrote the name of the brand in the tower and had the record for being the largest ad in the world.
20. Since 1992 the lighting of the Eiffel Tower has copyrights, so it is forbidden to take photographs of the tower during the night without the permission of the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel.
Tell us if you already had the opportunity to visit the Eiffel Tower and what other places you would like us to talk about. Also do not forget to see other curious facts.