The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. Gustave Eiffel’s company designed it and thus, it was named after it. 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 the world.
3. 1,792 steps lead to the top.
4. Gustave Eiffel & Cie were appointed as the contractors for the project with Stephen Sauvestre as the chief architect.
5. 5300 “blueprints” of designs were produced by the 50 Engineers and designers before construction of Eiffel Tower.
6. It weighs around 10,000 tonnes of iron.
7. Meanwhile, 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 first platform is 190 feet above the ground, the second platform is 376 feet up, and the third platform is almost 900 feet up
10. Only one worker died during the construction, thanks to safety precautions undertaken by the architects.
11. Attempts have been made to keep it 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 shock, similar to the way that it is the tallest structure in Paris, yet the way that it’s the tallest in Paris since 1889 is somewhat serious.
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 changes 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.
Eiffel tower is a wind resistance structure.
17. There are more than 30 replicas in different cities around the globe, which includes a tower exactly half the size of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas and one which is slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower in Tokyo.
18. Names of 72 French scientists are inscribed on the exterior of the first floor.
19. Despite its height, it 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 centimeters) away from the sun.
20. The cost of the Eiffel Tower estimated in 1889 was a whooping 7,799,401.31 French Gold Frances. Let me check my pockets, haha.
21. The French government, 20 years ago, decided to dismantle it, 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 it to advertise their company using its four corners as billboards from 1925 – 1934. It was the biggest ad campaign at that time.
French People cut the cables of the lift when Hitler arrived during World War 2 so that he has to climb his way up in the building. – 1700 stairs
After talking about the awesomeness of the Eiffel tower, let’s get hold of some creepy 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 ).
Here goes a high jump champion
Meanwhile, 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 !!
A man jumping off the tower in an attempt to commit suicide
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Thus, the 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.