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Interesting Facts About Eiffel Tower

  • It was built to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. 
  • Completed on March 31, 1889, the tower was the world’s tallest man-made structure for 41 years until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930
  • It is 324 metres tall (including antennas) and weighs 10,100 tonnes.
  •  It is possible to climb to the top, but there are 1,665 steps. Most people take the lift.
  • The lifts travel a combined distance of 103,000 km a year – two and a half times the circumference of the Earth.
  • Gustave Eiffel, the engineer and architect behind the tower, was also involved in a disastrous attempt by the French to build a canal in Panama, and his reputation was badly damaged by the failure of the venture.
  • Eiffel also designed interior elements of the Statue of Liberty.
  • Gustave Eiffel died while listening to Beethoven’s 5th symphony.
  • Its construction took two years, two months and five days – 180 years fewer than Paris’s other great attraction, Notre Dame.
  • Repainting the tower, which happens every seven years, requires 60 tonnes of paint.
  • The tower sways around six to seven centimetres (2-3 inches) in the wind.
  •  The Eiffel Tower and Margaret Thatcher share the same nickname – La Dame de Fer (“The Iron Lady”).
  • The names of 72 engineers, scientists and mathematicians are engraved on the side of the tower, each of whom contributed to its construction.

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