You may think that you know quite a lot about this beautiful construction but these fun facts will certainly surprise you. And if you have time, why not take a trip to Paris and admire its beauty this summer.
1. The Eiffel Tower was built in two years, two months and five days – a record in the late 1880s. It was officially completed in March 1889.
2. Talented engineer Gustave Eiffel built the Eiffel Tower to celebrate the 100th year of French revolution. When starting construction, people only allowed the tower to exist for 20 years.
3. The tower is not always brown. In 1889, it was painted yellow and from 1954 to 1961, the tower was reddish brown.
4. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Eiffel Tower used to serve as a billboard: its three sides were advertised by Citroën automobiles. It is the only company to use this tower to advertise.
5. The French used to hate it. Some senior artist architects signed a petition to protest the tower during its construction. They called the tower “useless” and “monsters” and thought it would “disgrace” the city of Paris.
6. The Eiffel Tower played a role in World War I, in the Battle of Marne in 1914. The signal was taken from the top of the tower, commanding the French army on the battlefield.
7. In 1889, a French newspaper, Le Figaro, made a publication on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.
8. The Eiffel Tower also shrunk. In winter, the tower was measured shorter from 10 to 20cm.
9. The tower welcomes about 7 million visitors a year. It is the most visited fee-losing monument in the world. The Empire State Building of America attracts only about 3.5 million visitors a year.
10. Every night, every hour, the tower is covered with golden lights shining for 5 minutes while the tower still lights up. The best place to see this light “show” is from Place du Trocadero.
11. When Gustave Eiffel architect designed the tower, he designed a secret apartment for himself at the top of the tower. Nobody can come in except you. Many Parisian citizens regularly offer to pay a large sum of money to spend a night on the city’s only penthouse, but Gustave always refuses.