35 Surprising Facts about the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Facts

The Eiffel Tower is located in Paris, France and stands on the Champ de Mars. The tower is named after its designer and builder, an engineer named Gustave Eiffel. Though initially criticized by the leading intellectuals of the period and then for its design, these Eiffel Tower Facts prove that the structure is indeed one of the world’s greatest broadcasting and observation tower even today.

1. The construction of the Eiffel Tower continued from 1887 to 1889.

2. The Eiffel Tower is called the “lattice tower” as it is a framework that is free standing.

3. It was initially built as an entrance to the World Fair held in 1889 and not built to be permanent.

World Fair held in 1889
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4. Since it opened in 1889, almost 250 million visitors have come to see the tower.

5. The Eiffel Tower is the tallest structure in the city of Paris and stands 1,063 ft. or 324 meters tall.

6. The height of the Eiffel Tower can be compared to the height of a building with 81 stories.

Eiffel Tower height comparison 81 stories
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7. The Eiffel Tower is made up of wrought iron and its approximate weight is 10,000 tons.

8. The Eiffel Tower ruled the position as the tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years after its construction.

9. The Eiffel Tower was built to commemorate the 100 years of the French Revolution.

100 years of the French Revolution
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10. Without the broadcasting transmitters, the Eiffel Tower is now the second tallest building structure in France after the bridge Millau Viaduct.

11. There are 300 steps to be climbed to the first level from the ground level.

12. Around 300 workers assembled the tower and It took two years, two months and five days for the building for the Eiffel Tower to be completed.

Eiffel Tower Construction
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13. The Eiffel Tower has 5000 light bulbs on each side of the structure totaling to 20000 light bulbs that are switched on for 5 minutes every hour beginning at nightfall and turned off at 1 AM.

14. The current lighting was created in 1985 by Pierre Bideau. It is composed of 336 projectors with high pressure sodium lamps to create the yellow-orange glow.

15. The conversion of the Eiffel Tower to serve as a huge radio antenna, actually helped to prevent its demolition in 1909.

Eiffel Tower Radio Antenna
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16. Originally, the Eiffel Tower was built to be located in Barcelona in Spain, but later rejected and the location changed to Paris.

17. The Eiffel Tower shows variations of 15 cms in its height due to the varying temperatures in the climate.

18. To climb the entire height of the Eiffel Tower and reach the top, one has to climb 1,665 steps.

Eiffel Tower - one has to climb 1,665 steps
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19. The Tower lost the position of being the tallest man-made structure to the Chrysler Building in New York City in 1930 but regained its position when the aerial was installed at the top in 1957.

20. The paint used on the Eiffel Tower alone is equal to the weight of 30 elephants.

21. Gustav Eiffel, designer and owner of Eiffel tower owned a private apartment in the tower.

Gustav Eiffel owned a private apartment in the tower
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22. An attempt to replicate the Eiffel Tower was made in London in 1891, which failed and demolished in 1907 as it was unstable and could never be completed.

23. The Eiffel Tower was built by 300 workers, using 2.5 million rivets and18,038 pieces of wrought iron

24. In 1967, there was a decision to relocate the Eiffel Tower temporarily to Canada which did not happen.

Eiffel Tower temporarily in Canada
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25. A lightning strike in 1902, damaged the top of the Eiffel Tower and it was reconstructed.

26. The approximate cost of building the Eiffel Tower in 1889 was 7,799,401 French gold francs.

27. The fixing of the aerial on the top of the Eiffel Tower increased its height by 17ft.

Aerial on the top of the Eiffel Tower
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28. In 1907 the tower was fitted with a giant clock where the numbers were 6 meters tall.

29. Eight elevators reach the public to the first three floors of the Eiffel Tower located at 190 ft, 376 ft, and 900 ft respectively.

30. Restaurants and other amusement and shopping facilities are present in the two levels of the Eiffel Tower.

Shopping facilities at Eiffel Tower
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31. Though built to sway lightly in the wind, the sun affects the Eiffel Tower more as the side facing the sun heats up and increases in size.

32. The Eiffel Tower was once colored yellow and today it is a special “Eiffel Tower Brown”.

33. It was the Eiffel Tower’s radio station that helped to capture Mata Hari, the famous spy of WW1.

Mata Hari, the famous spy of WW1
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34. A laboratory for Science experiments is located at the Eiffel Tower.

35. It costs €17 to take the lift to the top, but you can walk to the second floor for just 7€.