This post contains everything you ever wanted to know about the Eiffel Tower – in numbers! If you are planning on visiting the tower, you can find more information about visiting hours and tickets on the official site (http://www.toureiffel.paris/en).
- The Eiffel Tower is a 324 meters tall iron tower in Paris, France. When it was built, it surpassed the Washington Monument (170 m) as the tallest man-made building in the world. A record kept until 1930 when the Chrysler Building (319 m) was built in New York.
- Originally, the tower was 300 meters, but a 24 meters tall broadcasting antenna was added in 1957.
- It was built in 1887-1889 for the world fair (Exposition Universelle) that was held in France to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.
- The base square of the tower measures 125×125 meters.
- The Eiffel Tower weights 10 100 tons, of which the metal construction is 7300 tons. The body is made out of 12 000 iron beams and 2.5 million rivets. The construction of the tower was subject to much criticism. As a compromise, the builders promised the critics to tear down the tower within 20 years, which might explain why iron was used instead of steel.
- There are three viewing floors on the Eiffel tower. The first two (57 and 115 meters up) can be accessed by stairs. To get to the third floor (276 meters up), you need to use the elevator.
- The tower needs to be repainted every few years. This takes 60 tons of paint.
- The name of the building comes from Gustave Eiffel, who owned the company that constructed it. He was born in 1832 and died in 1923.
- More than 250 million people have visited the Eiffel Tower since it was built. In 2015, the visitor count was 6.91 million people. These numbers make the tower the most visited paid monument in the world.
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