Eiffel Tower Facts
An iconic symbol of French culture, liberty, and progress, the Eiffel Tower in Paris was completed for the 1889 World Fair, which happened to coincide with the 100th anneversary of the French Revolution. From the numerous designs submitted as part of a national competition, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel's design won, and he became responsible for constructing the Eiffel Tower in the heart of Paris. Below, you will find a number of interesting Eiffel Tower Facts.
Eiffel Tower Facts Overview
-Start of Eiffel Tower construction: January 26, 1887
-Completion of Eiffel Tower construction: March 31, 1889
-Construciton Time for the Eiffel Tower: 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days-start to finish
-Principal Designer/Contractor: Alexandre Gustave Eiffel
-Principal Architect: Stephen Sauvestre
-Main Engineers: Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier
-Height of the Eiffell Tower: 324 meters tall
-Tower Material: 9441 tons of wrought iron (puddle iron)
-Number of Tower Components: 18,038 pieces of wrought iron and 2.5 million rivets
-Amount of Paint Needed to Cover the Tower: 60 tons of paint
-Visibility from the Top of the Tower in Clear Weather: Approximately 42 miles
-Area Covered by the Tower at the Base: 100 Meters
-Sway of the Tower during gusty winds: 15 cms at the summit
-Wieght of the Tower: 10,000 tons, with 7,300 tons being metal.
-Approximate Number of Vistors to the Tower Each Year: 6.8 million people
-Number of Stories in the Tower: 108
-Tower Painting: Eiffel Tower is painted every seven years
More Eiffel Tower Facts about Gustace Eiffel
-Alexandre Gustave Eiffel also created the internal frame for the Statue of Liberty in the year 1885
-Eiffel died on December 27, 1923, in the city of Paris.
More Eiffel Tower Facts About Contruction
-Number of Deaths During Contruction: 1
-Location: Paris, France at Champ de Mars next to the Seine River.
48º 51' 32" North, 002º 17' 45" East
-Number of Workmen Involved in Construction: Atleast 50 engineers, 100 iron workers, and 120 construction workers.
-Reason for Construction: The Eiffel Tower was constructed for the World's Fair to show that iron is lighter but stronger than stone.
Facts About the Eiffel Tower's Interior and Measurements
-Number of steps to the topmost third level platform: 1710 steps to the topmost third level
-Number of steps to the second level: 674 steps
-Number of steps to the second level: 347 steps
-Number of prominent French scientists and famous personalities affixed to the Eiffel Tower Sides: 72 just below the 1st platform
-Disability Access: Wheelchair acces is available upto the second level using an elevator.
-First Platform Resteraunt: The restaurant at the first platform is named Altitude 95. It faces the river Seine.
-Second Platform Resteraunt: The restaurant at the second platform is called Jules Verne and requires prior booking.
-Annual electrical Power Usage: 7.5 kilowatt hours of electricty.
-Tower Expansion in Summer: 3.25 inches.
-Tower Shrinkage in Winter: 6 inches
More Facts about the Eiffel Tower Facts History
-At the time of its completion, the tower stood as the tallest structure in the world. It has sinced been surpassed.
-In 1909, the tower was nearly demolished and sold off as scrap. It was saved for its use use as a telecommunications structure.
-The Eiffel Tower is open to all visitors every day of the year.
-The city of Paris owns the Tower and leases it on a renewable contract to a firm called the Societe d'exploitation de la Tour Eiffel.
-Estimated number of visitors to the Tower since completion: Over 250 million people
-A con artist sold the tower twice to unknowing buyers for scrap in 1925.
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