Interesting Facts about the Eiffel Tower you May Not Know

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Eiffel Tower Facts

The City of Lights is rich in many beautiful tourist attractions; the most-visited one being the Eiffel Tower is included in all Paris tour itineraries. Given below are some interesting facts you may not know about the Eiffel Tower.

  • The Eifel Tower was built in 1889 for the Paris exposition and was not intended to be permanent.
  • The Tower was about to be demolished in 1909; instead, it was repurposed as a giant radio antenna.
  • During World War II, when Adolf Hitler visited Paris, the French cut the lift cables on the Tower so that he would have to climb the steps to reach the top.
  • The Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid monument in the world with around 7 million people visiting the tower every year.
  • Con artist Victor Lustig sold the Eiffel Tower to a scrap metal dealer.
  • Originally, the Eiffel Tower was intended for Barcelona (Spain), but the project was rejected.
  • The height of the Eiffel Tower varies by 15cm due to temperature changes.
  • Inventor Franz Reichelt died by jumping from the tower while testing a parachute of his own design.
  • There are 20,000 light bulbs on the Eiffel Tower.
  • In 1891, London built a structure to surpass the Eiffel Tower in height. However, it was unsteady and was never completed and hence demolished in 1907.
  • You need to climb 1,665 steps to reach the top of the Tower.
  • There are more than 30 replicas of the Eiffel Tower around the world.
  • The paint on the Eiffel Tower weighs as much as ten elephants.
  • Gustav Eiffel had an apartment for himself at the top of the Tower.
  • 300 workers, 2.5 million rivets, and 18,038 pieces of wrought iron were required to build the Tower.
  • The Eiffel Tower is not illuminated 24×7. Since 2013, the lights are switched off at 01:00 am to save power.
  • In 1891, a ride was planned that would drop passengers in free fall from the top of the Tower into a pond at the bottom.
  • At the time of construction, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world.
  • The Eiffel Tower was almost temporarily relocated to Canada in 1967.
  • In 1902, a lightning strike damaged the upper part of the Tower, requiring reconstruction of the top.
  • If the Eiffel Tower were built today, it would have cost around 31 million US dollars.