Facts about Eiffel tower
The symbol of Paris and the tallest structure in the city.
Although according to the assumptions the Eiffel Tower was to be dismantled after 20 years from its construction, fortunately nobody decided to take this step. However, in the 1960s the idea of dismantling the tower came up again but by this time no one could imagine Paris without it, so the idea was rejected. Learn a few facts about this extraordinary monument to 19th century engineering and technology.
1When the tower was commissioned on March 31, 1889, it was the tallest building in the world.
For 41 years no taller structure has been built. The tower was dethroned by the Chrysler Building in 1930.
2Eiffel tower is 324 meters high.
It was the highest building in France until 1973 when a military radio relay was built in Saissac.
3To climb the Eiffel Tower you have to overcome 1665 steps.
For lazy people there is of course the possibility to use an elevator.
4Over 250 million people visited Eiffel Tower since its opening.
Currently, about 67 million people visit the Eiffel Tower each year. (except during the covid-19 pandemic of course)
5Construction took two years, two months and five days.
250 people worked building the tower and there were no serious injuries and deaths during construction.
6Every 7 years the Eiffel Tower is repainted.
For this purpose, 60 tons of paint are used each time.
7In 1889, the tower was the entrance and main attraction of the International Exposition in Paris.
8During the German occupation of Paris, the elevators on the tower were disabled by cutting the cables and the tower was closed to tourists.
It was planned to hang a large swastika on the top, but it was so big that it was blown away by the wind and finally a much smaller one was placed.
9The elevators on the Eiffel Tower were not repaired until 1946.
10The names of 72 prominent scientists and engineers of that time are engraved on the facade of the tower.
At the beginning of the 20th century the names were painted over, but in 1987 they came back to life and we can admire them again.
11Initially, the tower was to stand for only 20 years after its construction, but due to its use for telecommunications purposes, its life was prolonged.
Fortunately, today no one thinks about its demolition, because it perfectly fits into the panorama of the city and became its integral part.
12From 1925 to 1934 the tower was used by Citroen as a large billboard.
The name of the automobile company was installed on the facade of the tower in the form of 250 thousand light bulbs. The advertisement was registered into the Guinness Book of Records due to its size.
13The tower consists of 18,000 metal parts welded together with 2.5 million rivets.
14In the wind, the tower can bend 6 -7 centimeters sideways.
15Gustave Eiffel had a small apartment on the third floor of the tower where he invited his friends.
Currently, the apartment is open to visitors.
16In 1960 Charles de Gaulle proposed that the tower be temporarily dismantled and transported to Montreal for Expo 67.
Luckily this idea has been rejected.
17There are 20,000 light bulbs that light up the tower every night.
18125 meters above the ground there is a restaurant, buffets and champagne bar.
19In 1905 a competition was organized to climb the Eiffel Tower up the stairs.
The winner was M. Forestier and it took him 3 minutes and 12 seconds to get to the second floor of the tower.
20In 1923, Pierre Labric rode down the stairs on his bicycle.
He won the bet but was arrested by the police.