37 Impressive and Interesting Facts About the Extremely Famous Eiffel Tower
One of the most popular iconic landmarks in the world is undoubtedly the Eiffel Tower of Paris, the capital city of France and the most visited city in the world. This architectural masterpiece created by Gustav Eiffel in the late 19th century is the most photographed manmade object in the world.
Here are some of the most interesting facts about this historic, controversial and captivating and extremely famous tower.
1. The Eiffel Tower has three levels for visitors and can be ascend via stairs or lift by purchasing tickets.
2. Ascending the tower from ground to the first level is more than 300 steps. It also takes over 300 steps from the first level to the second level.
3. If you get hungry and thirsty ascending the tower, don’t worry, there are restaurants both on the first level and second level.
4. The restaurant on the first level is the Le 58 tour Eiffel while the Le Jules Verne is the restaurant located on the second level.
5. There are no stairs from the second level to the third level. It can be reach only by elevator
6. Strong winds can sway Eiffel Tower slightly. During the storm of 1999, it moved approximately 13 centimeters from its initial position.
7. If the Eiffel Tower was built in 2011, it would cost about $480,000,000 and the piece of land where it stands is worth $350,000,000.
8. In 1889, the cost of construction of the Eiffel Tower was around 7,799,401.31 French gold francs.
9. This impressive tower earns about $29,000,000 every year and the scrap value of the tower is worth $3,500,000.
10. Eiffel Tower is repainted every 7 years and it costs $5,300,000 to repaint it. About 60 tonnes of paints are used in repainting the tower.
11. The height of the Eiffel Tower varies by 15 cm due to temperature. It shrinks during winter and expands during summer.
12. Its annual electric consumption is 7.5 million kilowatt-hours which is worth $400,000. That is equivalent to 625,000 kw/h every month or an average of 20,833 kw/h every day.
13. This spectacular tower is 324 meters in height which is equivalent to an 81-storey building.
14. It held the world record title as the “tallest manmade structure” for 41 years from 1889 to 1930. This title was taken by the Eiffel Tower from Washington Monument.
15. Eiffel Tower lost the title to the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930.
16. In 1957, an antenna was added atop the Eiffel Tower making it taller again than the Chrysler Building.
17. It is the tallest structure in Paris and the second tallest in France excluding the antennas.
18. Because of its popularity, Eiffel Tower has more than 30 duplicates from around the world.
19. As a manifestation of its popularity, over 200,000,000 people have visited the tower since its construction in 1889. On November 28, 2002, the tower received its 200,000,000th guest.
20. In 2006 alone, there were 6,719,200 visitors who visited this iconic landmark making it the world’s most-visited paid monument.
21. The current color of Eiffel Tower’s paint is shade of bronze. The first level has the darkest color and the third level has the lightest.
22. The total weight of the tower is approximately 10,000 tonnes. Its pig iron structure weighs 7,300 tonnes.
23. If the 7,300 tonnes of the metal structure were melted down it would fill the 125-meter-square base to a depth of only 6 cm.
24. There are 72 names of French scientists, engineers and other prominent people were engraved on the tower by Gustave Eiffel.
25. In 1987, A.J. Hackett executed one of his first bungee jumps from the top of the Eiffel Tower. He was arrested by the police officers upon landing on the ground.
26. When Paris fell to the Germans in 1940, the lift cables were immediately cut by the French so that Hitler would have to climb the steps to the summit.
27. On February 4, 1912, Franz Reichelt, an Austrian tailor, died after jumping 60 meters from the first deck of Eiffel tower with his home-made parachute.
28. Eiffel Tower is also one of the most notorious suicide sites in the world. There are about 350 recorded suicides already.
29. Gustave Eiffel was given a permit for the tower to stand for 20 years; it was to be dismantled in 1909 but was turned over to the city government of Paris because of its importance as a telecommunication structure.
30. Its antenna spire is 324 meters, the roof is 300.65 meters and the top floor is 273 meters. The Eiffel Tower has 3 floors and 9 elevators and has 2,500,000 rivets in it.
31. It took 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days, for the 300 workers involved, to complete the Eiffel Tower. Its construction started in January 1887 and was completed in March 1889.
32. The Eiffel Tower was built for the World's Fair to demonstrate that iron could be as strong as stone while being infinitely lighter.
33. From the top of the Eiffel Tower, you can see around 59 kilometers. It is located in Paris, France on the Champ de Mars beside the Seine River.
34. This famous tourist attraction is also used s as a radio broadcasting tower and observation tower.
35. To clean the Eiffel Tower, 4 tons of dusters & cleaning cloths, 10,000 doses of cleaning items, 400 liters of detergents and 25,000 bin bags are needed.
36. The Tokyo Tower in Tokyo Japan is a duplicate of the Eiffel Tower. They are very similar in structure and in size. The construction cost of the Tokyo Tower is $8.4 million in 1958
37. Another notable duplicate of the Eiffel Tower is Tennessee's Eiffel Tower. This landmark is located in the city of Paris, Tennessee in the United States.