8 Unknown Historical Facts about the Eiffel Tower

Google celebrated the 126th anniversary of the opening of the Eiffel Tower in style by presenting a Google Doodle. The Google Doodle featured a cartoon image of the workers adding their final touches to the tower. The tower was completed on 15th March 1889 and opened to the public on 31st March 1889, which was 126 years ago. The Eiffel Tower also served as the entrance arch for the World Fair in 1889 and now is a globally recognized icon for France. In lieu of the anniversary of the beautiful Eiffel Tower, here are a few facts that you might be interested in knowing;[irp]

1-The Eiffel tower is named after Gustav Eiffel, who was the engineer whose company did the designing and construction of the tower. The original idea was for the Eiffel Tower to be built in Barcelona, Spain but the idea was rejected.

2-The tower consists of over 18,000 metallic parts which are then connected by two and a half million rivets. Originally the tower was not meant to be permanent as it was built in 1889 for the Paris exposition. It was due to be demolished in 1909 but was saved by making it into a humongous radio antenna.

3-The Eiffel Tower stands at 1063 feet or 324 meters tall which varies by about 6 inches due to changes in temperature. The world record for the tallest man-made structure was also held by the Eiffel Tower from 1889 to 1930, which is 40 years! The tower consists of a total of 1665 steps which lead you all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

4-The tower is inscribed with a total of 72 names to the side of the tower. These names belong to the scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who played a vital role in the construction of the tower. Paint equivalent to the weight of ten elephants is applied on the Eiffel tower every 7 years.

5-A total of 20,000 light bulbs is placed on the Eiffel Tower. Additionally, it is also illegal for anyone to take a photograph of the tower at night with its lighting on. This is because they believe it is a work of art.

6-Nearly 7 million visitors pay homage to the Eiffel Tower every year, making it one of the most visited monuments in the world.

7-During World War 2 when Germany was invading France, the French cut of the cable lifts on the tower. This is because they wanted Hitler to climb the steps as he was going to make it to the top.

8-A con artist name Victor Lustig, once “sold” the Eiffel Tower to a scrap metal dealer. A woman by the name of Erika La Tour Eiffel once “married” the Tower in 2007. Over 30 replicas of the Eiffel Tower exist all around the world.