Since 1889 there is an iron lady who observes Paris. From the highest monument in the world to becoming a modern icon, the Eiffel Tower never ceases to amaze people.
Here are all the numbers, the anecdotes, the history and the vicissitudes that have made the Eiffel Tower the symbol of Paris and of whole France.
The history of the Eiffel Tower
Unique and impressive monument, the Eiffel Tower has enchanted visitors to the Ville des lumières since 1889.
The most famous tower in France was in fact built on a project by Gustave Eiffel. This artist was also the author of the interior of the New York statue of liberty. Not everyone knows that the statue of liberty is a French work, sent by ship to celebrate the centenary of American independence packaged to be assembled in IKEA style.
The Eiffel tour was conceived for the Universal Exhibition of 1889. Immediately it was the object of great criticism because considered “anti-aesthetic”. It had to be a temporary work and be dismantled at the end of the exhibition, but it was left standing because it was useful for experiments with new radio transmission techniques.
During the Second World War the elevators were sabotaged to prevent the Nazis from reaching the top and taking possession of the radio. The French also did the same during Hitler’s visit, which was forced to remain at the foot of the tower.
The numbers of the Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower is built on three levels and to reach the top you can walk the 1665 steps or take the elevators. It is the most visited monument in the world, with its five million half tourists per year.
This lady is 324 meters tall but, depending on the temperature, due to the dilatation of the metal, increases and decreases in volume up to 15 cm!
The weight of the Eiffel Tower is around 8000 tons, not bad if we think that it is built with more than 18,000 pieces of iron. It was built in only two years and during its construction, a single worker lost his life (and if we think of the security measures of the time it is a very positive thing!).
It was the tallest structure in the world until the erection of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930. It is used as a base for radio and television antennas and is today the symbol of Paris and of France as a whole, recognized worldwide.
It has hosted many events and at night it lights up. If you’re wondering how many lights are flashing on the Eiffel Tower … well there are more than 20,000 lights that make it shine with a truly impressive effect. These lights were installed for passage to the new millennium, January 1, 2000 and they liked it so much that they were no longer dismantled.
The tower is periodically repainted and serves 50 to 60 tons of paint.
How the Eiffel Tower has changed over time
Despite being harshly criticized, this iron tower remains a symbol of modernity, and is still incredibly current.
Over the years it has been modified several times. The original arches of the first level were dismantled in the ’30s. They no longer reflected the taste of the era and the color was repeatedly changed. However, this monument has never lost its charm and its ability to attract people.
In addition to studies on radio waves, in 1912 from this tower was thrown the tailor Franz Reichelt. He wanted to test the handmade parachute. Unfortunately did not prevent him from crashing to the ground a few moments later.
The marketing that revolves around this iron tower is also remarkable thanks to its easy shape to replicate and to stylize, which give it another record, the most reproduced monument in the world.
It is a duty to pay homage to this masterpiece of “modern” art, an iron lady who watches over Paris and which makes millions of tourists stare upwards for more than a century.
One realizes that one is in Paris only when one is at his feet.
Practical information on the Eiffel Tower
The ticket price for getting on the Eiffel Tower varies depending on the level you want to reach. The cost is 11 euros up to the second floor. Price reduced to 8.50 for young people aged 18 to 24 and 4 euros for children aged 4 to 11 years.
If you want to continue for the next level you will have to pay 17 euros at (14.50 for young people and 8 euros for children).
If you want to take the stairs, you will pay 7 euros (5 for young people and 3 for children).