Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel. It is around 1063 feet tall and was inaugurated in the year 1889. Such information is widely spread but do you know the dark history or other facts about this architectural marvel? Come, in this blog let us tell you some interesting facts about Eiffel Tower that are actually hidden all this while.
1. The Eiffel Tower is not designed by Gustave Eiffel: Known by the name of its engineer, Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel tower is not designed by him. What? Yes, contrary to the well-established fact, Eiffel himself has very little to do with the construction and design of the tower. The senior engineers of Eiffel’s company, Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier mainly designed the tower.
2. It was supposed to be taken down in 1909: Eiffel Tower was mainly built for the 1889 Paris Exposition. At the time of its inauguration, it was decided that it will stand for 20 years and then be dismantled in the year 1909. But the installation of the radio antenna and wireless telegraph compelled the government to withdraw their decision.
3. Initially, it was hated by people: When Eiffel tower was built, many eminent personalities like Guy de Maupassant (a famous French author) protested against it. He called it a “gigantic black smokestack” and that it would just lessen the beauty of Paris.
4. Hitler even ordered to demolish it: In 1944, when Hitler was about to lose Paris, he ordered the demolishment of the entire city including the tower. Thanks to God! The military governor in charge didn’t listen to him and rubbed his brains.
5. The Eiffel Tower changes its sizes: Since the entire tower is made of metal, it contracts and expands as per the variation in the temperature. In times of bright sun, there is an expansion of around 18 cm.
6. The paint for Eiffel tower weighs as much as 10 elephants: Maintaining the beauty of this architectural marvel is not an easy task. It has been repainted around 18 times after its inauguration, and surprisingly, this has always done in an old-school way. Several painters with bucket and brush paint the tower to save it from rust. The paint needed to paint the entire tower is equal to the weight of 10 elephants.
7. There is Gustave’s penthouse at the top: During the construction of the Eiffel tower, Gustave planned a small living space for himself at the top. It is known as Gustave’s penthouse. The members of the public can now visit it, but during his lifetime no one was allowed to see it. Interestingly, people used to offer small fortunes to rent them this private area for a night, but then Gustave never entertained such requests. Although he used to welcome his favorite people there.
8. The tower is married: Bizarre… A self-described “objectum sexual” Erika La Tour lost her heart to this monument. She even married the tower in the year 2007. Interestingly, it was not her first romantic attachment to the object.
9. Tower’s lifts travel 103,000 km every year: The Eiffel Tower’s lift travel a combined distance of 103,000 km every year which is almost two and a half times the circumference of the earth. Imagine! The most visited paid-for monument in the world, still, the busiest one. The original lifts in the tower are still in service. The technicians properly maintain them and keep them in surveillance when people are crowding the tower.
10. Eiffel tower is the most recognizable landmark in the world. Around 7 million visitors visit it every year. If you haven’t been to France up till now, don’t wait, apply for your Online France Visa right now and explore this bizarre, beautiful and beloved monument.