Well, you have a past, I have a past and so does Eiffel Tower, and here we are going to share some amazing Eiffel Tower Facts and history –
1. Eiffel tower’s construction began in 1887 and continued till 1889 and lasted exactly 2 years 2 months and 5 days.
2. 1930 – Until William Van Allen constructed the Chrysler Building in New York, Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in world.
3. 1,792 steps lead to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
4. Gustave Eiffel & Cie were appointed as the contractors for the project with Stephen Sauvestre as the chief architect.
5. More than 50 engineers and designers produced 5300 “blueprints” of the design before the construction.
6. The Eiffel Tower which weighs around 10,000 tonnes is made of iron.
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7. To protect the Eiffel Tower from rusting around 50 tonnes of paint is added to it every 7 years.
8. Latticed wrought iron was used by Gustave Eiffel to demonstrate that metal could be as strong as stone and still be lighter.
9. The third platform is almost 900 feet up, the second platform is 376 feet and the first platform is 190 feet above the ground.
10. Only one worker died during the construction, thanks to safety precautions undertaken by the architects.
11. Attempts have been made to keep Eiffel Tower a Barrier Free building, and people with disabilities ( people using wheel chairs ) can also visit this building up to the second level.
12. Some Eiffel Tower facts don’t come as a surprise, like the fact that it is the tallest building in Paris, but the fact that its the tallest in Paris since 1889 is a bit intense.
14. More than 250 million visitors have been to the tower since its construction.The tower witnessed its 200 millionth visitor in 2002.
15. Temperature alters the height of Eiffel Tower by up to 6 inches or 15 centimeters.
16. The LEGO produced an Eiffel Tower set. The set contains 3428 bricks and its set number is 10181.
The Eiffel tower was designed to be wind resistant
17. There are more than 30 replicas of the Eiffel Tower in different cities around the globe, which includes a tower exactly half the size of Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas and one which is slightly taller than Eiffel Tower in Tokyo.
The Blackpool Tower in England is also inspired by the Eiffel Tower.
18. Names of 72 French scientists are inscribed on the exterior of the first floor.
19. the Eiffel Tower, Despite its height, was designed to be wind resistant, so that it only sways few inches in the wind, but, it actually moves even further when iron on the side facing the sun gets heated up and expands which in turn moves the top by up to 7 inches (18 centimetres) away from the sun.
20. The cost of Eiffel Tower estimated in 1889 was a whooping 7,799,401.31 French Gold Frances. Let me check my pockets, ha ha.
21. The French government, 20 years ago, decided to dismantle Eiffel Tower and sell all its metal as scrap, but fortunately it didn’t happen.
22. Victor Lustig, who was a famous con artist and undertook scams in many countries sold the Eiffel Tower twice and that too to scrap metal dealers! [source]
23. Citroen Automobile company used the Eiffel Tower to advertise their company using its four corners as billboards from 1925 – 1934. It was the biggest ad campaign at that time.
After talking about the awesomeness of the Eiffel tower, lets get hold of some creepy Eiffel tower facts.
Some disturbing Eiffel Tower Facts –
France is a country with high suicide rates with a suicide rate of 17.5 per 1000 people ( you already know where this is going ).
Killing yourself by jumping off this giant iron monster is quite common in France. This is the third most opted option after poisoning and hanging in France.
Many funny cases of failed suicide attempts have also been recorded, like, one man was blown onto a rafter by the wind and he was spared, but the best one is of a woman who apparently landed on the roof of a car in a failed suicide attempt and later married the car owner !!
French government realized this serious problem and now in an attempt to reduce the number of suicides six foot tall barriers have been built around the tower and the suicide rates have gone down exponentially. However, some cases are still reported every year.