The Eiffel Tower is a large wrought iron structure in the city of Paris, instantly recognisable and an iconic symbol of France. Here’s 21 interesting facts about The Eiffel Tower:
The Eiffel Tower is named after Gustave Eiffel, a French civil engineer and entrepreneur, who’s company designed and build the tower.
Construction on the tower started on the 28th January 1887…
…and it took between 150 and 300 workers over 2 years to build and was completed on 31st March 1889.
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
In 1991 The Eiffel Tower was declared a UNESCO world heritage site.
On the 3rd floor of the Tower, Gustave Eiffel had a secret apartment built exclusively to entertain from. It was off limits to the public for years but can now be looked at through a window by ticket holders.
The Eiffel Tower is held together by more than 2.5 million rivets!
It’s repainted every 7 years… and requires 60 tonnes of paint.
For over 40 years The Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world, with the top at a vertigo inducing height of 324 metres!
If you’re feeling very fit, you can climb to the top – beware though – there are 1,665 steps! So most people take the lift.
Little known fact: The Eiffel Tower actually has a total of 5 lifts!
It’s consistently in the top 10 of the worlds most visited tourist attractions.Since the tower’s opening in 1889, it has attracted over 300 million visitors!
The Tower was sold by a con artist named Victor Lustig for scrap metal. Not once, but twice!
The Eiffel Tower is covered in 20,000 lightbulbs, making it absolutely sparkle at night.