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9 Things you didn’t know about Eiffel Tower

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Undoubtedly, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most impressive landmarks in the world. Before you visit it, learn nine interesting facts about the most recognized monument in the world.

1) The construction of the Eiffel Tower

It took only two years for its construction, and for 41 years it was the tallest building in the world until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York City in 1930. Additionally, there are 72 names of famous French scientists from the 19th century engraved on the iron of the tower who contributed to its construction.

2) Extending its existence

On the other hand, Gustavus Eiffel turned it into an indispensable tool for science. Its usefulness in physics experiments, astronomical and meteorological observations, and even its function as a radio tower during World War I saved it.

3) Did you know that...

It took only two years for its construction, and for 41 years it was the tallest building in the world until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York City in 1930. Additionally, there are 72 names of famous French scientists from the 19th century engraved on the iron of the tower who contributed to its construction.

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The Eiffel Tower was once used as a giant advertising billboard for Citroen in the 1920s, with the company’s name displayed on 250,000 lights.

The Eiffel Tower was the site of many daredevil stunts and records, including the first parachute jump from the tower in 1912 and the highest bungee jump from an artificial construction in 1987.

4) Its maintenance

To keep it maintained, it requires 60 tons of paint every seven years to prevent rust and maintain its appearance. Since its construction, it has already been painted 20 times.

5) The Tower's proportions

Its height, including the antenna, is 325 meters, weighing 10 thousand tonnes. In summer, it increases by about 15 centimeters due to the expansion of the metals. To climb it on foot, one has to climb 1665 steps.

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6) Most of the French didn't like it

Most Parisians did not like it when it was built, as they considered it unsightly. They subsequently sent numerous letters of protest to various newspapers, saying that the Eiffel Tower did not fit in with the architecture as much as with the aesthetics of the capital.

Today, on the other hand, many tourists consider it so beautiful that they choose it to make marriage proposals, with over 200 proposals taking place at this location every year.

7) There is a post office in the Eiffel Tower

A small office, which allows you to send postcards to whoever you want. You can even buy the Eiffel Tower stamp.

8) Not designed by Gustavo Eiffel

The initial design was carried out by Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier, with Gustave Eiffel being the one to ultimately construct it. In addition to the Eiffel Tower, he also designed the internal structure of the Statue of Liberty.

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9) The secret room

Did you know that Gustav Eiffel himself designed a secret room at the top of the tower, an apartment that he used as an observatory?

Today, visitors can only see part of the room and admire the two waxworks that have been installed, one of the builder himself and the other of Thomas Edison.

Visit the Eiffel Tower, which has served as a source of inspiration for many works of art!

 

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