<p style=”text-align: justify;”>On March 31, 1889, workers riveted the last of more than 18,000 iron items into place to complete construction of the tower. To inaugurate the glorious metallic structure, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the tower’s designer, climbed its 1,710 steps and unfurled a French tricolor flag from its pinnacle. The Eiffel Tower, one among Paris’s most visited attractions welcoming almost seven million guests each year, was completed 126 years ago today – and there is a Google Doodle to mark the anniversary. Ten shocking facts about the Parisian icon.
Ten Shocking Facts About The Eiffel Tower:-
- Completed on March 31, 1889, the tower was the world’s tallest man-made structure for 41 years till the completion of the Chrysler Building in new york in 1930.
- It’s 324 meters tall (including antennas) and weighs 10,100 tons.
- It had been the tallest structure in France until the construction of a military transmitter within the town of Saissac in 1973. The Millau viaduct, completed in 2004, is also taller, at 343 meters.
- It’s possible to climb to the highest, however there are 1,665 steps. Most people take the lift.
- The lifts travel a combined distance of 103,000 kilometer a year – 2 and a half times the circumference of the planet.
- Victor Lustig, a con artist, “sold” the tower for scrap metal on 2 separate occasions.
- During cold weather, the tower shrinks by about six inches.
- Gustave Eiffel, the engineer and creator behind the tower, was also involved during a disastrous try by the French to make a canal in Panama and his reputation was badly broken by the failure of the venture.
- Eiffel also designed interior parts of the statue of Liberty.
- He died while listening to Beethoven’s 5th symphony.
- Since its opening almost 250 million people have visited the tower.
- Today the tower welcomes nearly 7 million people a year, making it the most visited paid-for monument within the world.
- Its construction took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days – 180 years fewer than Paris’s different nice attraction, Notre Dame.
- There are 20,000 light bulbs used on the Eiffel Tower to create it sparkle every night.
- In 1905 a local newspaper organized a stair climb championship at the tower. A M.Forestier won, taking 3 minutes and twelve seconds to succeed in the second level.
It has been over 120 years since the famous Iron Lady was inaugurated in time for the 1889 World fair in Paris and it still attracts huge crowds. It is now the most visited paid monument within the world and around seven million people climb its stairs or take the lift to at least one of its 3 levels annually. But it’s worth remembering that it had been not always this well-liked. When construction began in July 1887, a bunch of around 300 artists, sculptors and architects sent a petition to the commissioner of the Paris exhibition exacting that he halt construction of the “ridiculous tower”.