10 facts about Eiffel towel you might not know
Over more than hundred years, the image of France and Paris has always been attached to the Eiffel tower which is the most famous symbol and pride of the French. However, not everyone can thoroughly understand the symbol of the “light capital”. Let La Badiane tell you 10 interesting facts about Eiffel tower:
1. Construction duration of the Eiffel tower: 816 days. Official work was completed on March 31, 1889.
2. Eiffel tower is a structure built entirely of iron with a height of 1.056 feet, weight of 10,000 tons.
3. The Eiffel tower was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution (1789-1889).
4. Initially, the symbol of the “light capital” was painted in yellow. From 1953 to 1961, it was red- brown. Every seven years, the entire tower get a new “coat” of paint to prevent oxidation. For each time, Eiffel tower will “consume” about 60 tons of paint.
5. Initially, the French were especially uncomfortable with the presence of Eiffel. A group of architects and scholars even signed a written objection to the tower. They said this work was “useless” and “bizarre”.
6. The Eiffel tower is not a work of architect Gustav Eiffel. Two senior engineers named Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguie designed it. Gustave Eiffel did not give too much interest to this project, so he introduced Emile and Maurice to Stephen Sauvestre – head of architect department of his company. After that, Sauvestre fixed something of the drawing to finalize the design of Eiffel and he bought the copyright for this work.
7. Eiffel tower attracts over 7 million visitors each year, of which only 13% are French people, the rest are foreign tourists, mostly from the US, UK and Italy.
8. The most important thing that Eiffel further attract tourists is the second floor of the tower where one can admire the entire city of Paris within 40 miles with all the sumptuous and gorgeous view.
9. In winter, the height of the tower falls from 10 to 20 cm due to the temperature decrease causing the contraction of steel.
10. At night, in every 5 minutes, the tower becomes more beautiful and sparkling by 20,000 lights and 336 illuminated projectors. The ideal location for tourists to watch the symbol of Paris is Trocadéro Square.