Ahh, the Iron Lady.
No, I’m not talking about Margaret Thatcher. What was initially built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair), held to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution, the Eiffel Tower was only intended to stand for 20 years before being dismantled.
Thankfully its use as a wireless telegraph transmitter meant it was allowed to stay, and the Eiffel Tower is now one of the world’s most iconic symbols.
Did you know that the elevators travel a combined distance of 103,000 km a year? That’s two and a half times the circumference of the Earth.
A con artist has reportedly “sold” the Eiffel Tower as scrap metal – not once, but twice!
During WWII, Hitler instructed that the Eiffel Tower be demolished. His people rightfully refused. Speaking of war times, the Eiffel Tower played a part in the Allied victory at the First Battle of the Marne, in 1914. One of its transmitters jammed German radio communications, hindering their advance. She’s not just a pretty face.
The Eiffel Tower is repainted every 7 years, and 60 tonnes of paint is required to do the job.
The Eiffel Tower sways in the wind, moving upwards of 6-7cm.
Because of thermal expansion, the Eiffel Tower is 15cm taller in Summer than she is in Winter.
In 2008 a woman with an objects fetish married the Eiffel Tower, changing her name to Erika La Tour Eiffel in honour of her ‘partner’. Her Wikipedia page even lists the Eiffel Tower as her spouse.
There are 20,000 lightbulbs used on the Eiffel Tower to make it sparkle every night.