10 Things to know about the Legendary Eiffel Tower: The Iron Lady of Paris!
Everyone knows Eifel Tower as a significant symbol of art, romance, and revolution throughout the world. However, there are some lesser-known facts about his iconic structure that everyone must know. Below mentioned are some facts about the Iron Lady of Paris that might astonish you!
1.It was supposed to be Temporary:
You heard it right! This legend of a structure was built as a temporary structure for the World Fair, held in Paris in the year 1889. The World Fair was held in Paris to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. However, after the fair, the tower was not taken down just because of an antenna that was connected at its top for wireless transmission. All hail the radio Antenna!
2. Structure & its Construction:
This heavyweight iron structure weight over 10,000 tonnes! The tower stands 324 meters tall, with a deviation of approximately 7 inches due to thermal expansion. The construction took exactly 2 years, 2 months, and five days to be precise.
3. It used to be yellow at a time:
Did you know that originally, the Eiffel tower was painted red-brown? Later, the color was changed to yellow! After that, it attained the color that it still wears today, Bronze! It is also interesting to know that the Eiffel Tower has been repainted a total number of 18 times since its construction. Moreover, it has been repainted every 7 years since its origin and takes around 15 months to do the job.
4. People of Paris petitioned to Demolish the Eiffel Tower:
It is astonishing to know that a group of 300 French artists, writers, architects, and other intellectuals signed a petition which demanded the demolition of the so-called “Monstrous and useless structure”. The manifesto was run on Valentine’s Day in a renowned French newspaper in 1887 to take down the structure. Hitler also tried to get the structure demolished when he took over Paris during the Second World War, however, could not succeed.
5. Eiffel Tower also Symbolizes Industrial Revolution:
Towards the end of the nineteenth century, the world was witnessing a lot of great inventions and innovation. The very first car, the telephone, development of iron and steel industry, the rabies vaccine, and whatnot. The inauguration of the Eiffel Tower is also connected to symbolize the start of a great era that gave birth to a lot of industries worldwide.
6. It housed a Scientific Laboratory at once:
Did you know that the Eiffel Tower bears the names of 72 legendary French scientists? Also, it used to have a scientific lab at its topmost level? Gustave Eiffel constructed a laboratory that was used to study space, aerodynamics and other aspects of physics. In 1909, a wind tunnel was constructed at the base of the Eiffel tower where several important tests were held, including the aeroplanes of Wright brothers and automobiles by Porsche.
7. It has a skating rink, hanging up above the ground!:
Constructed only recently, now Eiffel Tower features an ice skating rink above 200 feet from the ground It is operational only during the peak months from December to February.
8. The designer of Eiffel Tower was also involved in designing the Statue of Liberty:
The designer who was supposed to design the interior structure of the Statue of Liberty, unfortunately, died in 1887. The Sculptor of the statue appointed Eiffel, already a well knows structural engineer to design the same.
9. It was World’s tallest structure, for 4 decades!:
When Eiffel Tower was inaugurated in 1889, it stood at least twice as tall as the other tallest building in the world at that time. Moreover, it stood to be the tallest structure until 1930, when the Chrysler Building of New York surpassed it
10. World’s most visited Paid Tourist Attraction in the World:
The Eiffel Tower attracts around 6 million visitors every year. It stands proud as a symbol of love, revolution, hatred and what not!