interesting facts about the Eiffel Tower

15 Fun Facts about The Eiffel Tower

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:

  1. The Eiffel Tower is named after Gustave Eiffel, a French civil engineer and entrepreneur, who’s company designed and build the tower.
  2. Construction on the tower started on the 28th January 1887…
  3. …and it took between 150 and 300 workers over 2 years to build and was completed on 31st March 1889.
  4. The Eiffel Tower is held together by more than 2.5 million rivets!
  5. It’s repainted every 7 years… and requires 60 tonnes of paint.
facts about the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

  1. For over 40 years it was the tallest building in the world, with a vertigo inducing height of 324 metres!
  2. 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.
  3. Little known fact:  The Eiffel Tower actually has a total of 5 lifts!
  4. 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!
  5. The Eiffel Tower is covered in 20,000 lightbulbs, making it absolutely sparkle at night.
  1. It costs up to 25,50€ for a ticket to the top. (Price as of Dec 2019).  
  2. The tower is home to two restaurants – La bulle Parisienne, a French-style bistro, and the world famous Jules Verne restaurant.
  3. There is also a champagne bar at the top!
  4. The Eiffel Tower appears in many famous films, including ‘A View to a Kill’ (James Bond), ‘Superman 2’,  ‘Lucy’, and ‘Hugo’.
  5. In 2014, to mark it’s 125th anniversary, the British Virgin Islands launched a special tower-shaped $10 coin.

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