Interesting facts about the Eiffel Tower

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Located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most well known structures in the world.

The Eiffel Tower is 320 metres (1050 feet) in height and was the tallest man made structure in the world for 41 years before being surpassed by the Chrysler Building in New York.

The Eiffel Tower is made of iron and weighs around 10,000 tonnes.

eiffel tower iron

300 workers, 18,038 pieces of wrought iron and 2.5 million rivets were needed to build the Eiffel Tower.

The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 Paris Exposition and was not intended to be permanent.

The Eiffel Tower was originally intended for Barcelona, Spain, but the project was rejected.

It is named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company was in charge of the project.

Gustave Eiffel had an apartment for himself at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
apartment at the top of the eiffel tower

If the Eiffel Tower was built today, it would cost about US$31 million.

The Eiffel Tower was going to be demolished in 1909, but was saved because it was repurposed as a giant radio antenna.

The Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid monument in the world with about seven million people annually.

There are 20,000 light bulbs on the Eiffel Tower.

eiffel tower lights

1,665 steps are needed to climb all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

The height of the Eiffel Tower varies by 15 centimeters (5.9 inches) due to temperature changes.

Around 50 tonnes of paint are added to the Eiffel Tower every 7 years to protect it from rust.

Inventor Franz Reichelt died by jumping from the Eiffel Tower while testing a parachute of his own design.

There are over 30 replicas of the Eiffel Tower around the world.

Con artist Victor Lustig “sold” the Eiffel Tower to a scrap metal dealer.

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