Interesting Facts About Eiffel Tower: An Iconic Monument Decorating The Skyline Of Paris

The Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most iconic monuments, with hundreds of thousands of visitors coming to marvel at it each year. Eiffel Tower is a symbol of Paris and not only Paris but France overall. Paris is one of the popular destination in Europe, and no wonder, it’s the Eiffel Tower that mesmerizes and amazes several visitors.
The tower has three distinct levels for the visitors, with the restaurants on the first and second levels. The upper platform of the top level is 906 feet (276 meters) above the ground – the tallest observation deck accessible to all people in the EU.
The French people should give credit to those who came up with an idea to develop this magnificent structure since it has generated a lot of revenue; though it wasn’t the primary goal of this tower. Everyone who visits Paris doesn’t want to miss a great opportunity to stand next to Eiffel Tower taking pictures and engaging in other activities at the place.
Tickets can be bought to ascend by lift (elevator) or stairs to the first and second levels. The climb from ground level to the first level is more than 300 steps. Likewise, the distance from the first level to the second has the same number of steps. Even though there’s a staircase to the top level, it’s often accessible by lift.
1. The bridge builder and French engineer, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel came up with the design of Eiffel Tower to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of French Revolution. The 2 years, 2 months and 5 days it took to construct it is considered both an architectural and technical achievement.
2. The Eiffel Tower has 20,000 light bulbs, 5,000 on every side, that sparkle for 5 minutes on an hour, each hour, from nightfall to 1 AM. What might be surprising is the fact that it’s unlawful to take photos of the tower at night since the authorities consider the light display as an artwork and thus, protected under copyright law.
3. The French military utilized the wireless station of Eiffel Tower to intercept the messages of their enemy from Berlin during WWI. In 1917, the radio station situated above the tower did intercept a coded message between Spain and Germany which included information associated with ‘Operative H-21’ also known the Dutch-born dancer Margaretha Geertruida “Margreet” MacLeod; popularly known as Mata Hari whom the Germans used as their spy. In fact, this message assisted the French to arrest, charge and even execute Mata Hari for espionage.
4. According to the Societe de la Tour Eiffel, there have been 349 successful suicides only since Eiffel tower first opened in 1889. Some were intentional jumpers, while others were individuals hanging themselves from the beam, and those who attempted to jump from the first level do not always die.
5. The Eiffel Tower is 1050 feet (320 meters) in height and was the tallest human-made structure in the world for over three decades years before the Chrysler Building in New York surpassed it.
6. About fifty tons of paint are added to Eiffel Tower every 7 years to stop it from rust.
7. There are more than 30 replicas of the Eiffel Tower throughout the world. Since it is very popular, other countries have recreated the design of Eiffel Tower, including the full-scale Tokyo Tower in Japan and the half-scale replica at Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Nevada, US.
8. Due to pressure piled by many Parisians, the authorities wanted to demolish Eiffel Tower in 1909, but they chose to keep it since many telegraph companies wanted to use it as a significant radio antenna.
9. During World War Two, when Hitler made a visit to Paris, the French tampered with the lift cables in the Eiffel Tower so that the German Leader would’ve to climb the steps if he needed to reach the top.
10. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument worldwide: 6.98 million visitors in 2011.
11. The Eiffel Tower was initially intended for Barcelona, Spain, but they rejected the structure.
12. The Eiffel Tower’s height varies by 15 centimeters (5.9 inches) as a result of temperature changes.
13. In 1891, London constructed a structure intended to surpass the height of Eiffel Tower. It was unsteady, and they eventually demolished in 1907.
14. Gustave Eiffel, the man who came up with the design of Eiffel Tower, was also designed Statue of Liberty’s spine.
15. 18,038 pieces of wrought iron, 300 workers, and 2.5 million rivets were required to construct the Eiffel Tower.
16. In 1902, a lightning strike destroyed the upper section of Eiffel Tower, calling for repair of its top.

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