The Eiffel Tower is a large wrought iron structure in the city of Paris, instantly recognisable and an iconic symbol of France. Here’s 15 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.
- 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 it was the tallest building in the world, with 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 attraction. Since the tower’s opening in 1889, it has attracted over 300 million visitors!
- The Eiffel Tower is covered in 20,000 lightbulbs, making it absolutely sparkle at night.
- It costs up to 25,50€ for a ticket to the top. (Price as of Dec 2019).
- The tower is home to two restaurants – La bulle Parisienne, a French-style bistro, and the world famous Jules Verne restaurant.
- There is also a champagne bar at the top!
- The Eiffel Tower appears in many famous films, including ‘A View to a Kill’ (James Bond), ‘Superman 2’, ‘Lucy’, and ‘Hugo’.
- In 2014, to mark it’s 125th anniversary, the British Virgin Islands launched a special tower-shaped $10 coin.
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