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Eiffel Tower facts and information. the Eiffel Tower was the world tallest building from 1889 until 1930. Probably the best known and the most inspiring monument, she is also the world's most visited paid monument. Paris monuments.

Eiffel Tower key facts

The Eiffel Tower - Tour Eiffel in french - is by far the tallest building in Paris. She is a puddle iron lattice monument.

The Eiffel Tower is now 324 meters tall (312 meters excluding the antenna). Upon its completion, she surpassed the Washington Monument (169 meters) as the tallest monument in the world. The Chrysler Building in New York City (319 meters) took the record in 1930. The first floor of the Eiffel Tower is 57 meters and 360 steps from the ground. The second floor is 115 meters and 1060 steps from the ground.

With 6.91 million visitors in 2015, the Eiffel Tower is also the most visited paid monument in the world.

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The famous Eiffel Tower view from Palais de Chaillot

Eiffel Tower history facts

Completed in 1889 for Paris world exhibition to celebrate the progress of technology, the Eiffel Tower was designed and built in just two years by 132 workers and 50 engineers. The Tower was much criticized by Parisians when it was built.

The Eiffel Tower was planned to be demolished in 1909. She was saved at the very last moment as she could be turned into a telecommunication tower. With 7 millon visitors yearly, this iconic Paris monument now fully pays for itself.

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Eiffel Tower history: construction of the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower fun facts

In 1886, architect Jules Bourdais proposed to build a 355 meter tower for the 1889 Paris international exhibition. The massive masonry core was surrounded by galleries and small cast iron columns. A gigantic electric lamp illuminated the whole city. But Jules Bourdais had underestimated the weight of the monument, its instability and the costs. Gustave Eiffel won the competition, the Eiffel Tower was built and became the iconic monument of Paris. Jules Bourdais was forgotten. Imagine Paris with the Bourdais Tower.

In 1905 a local newspaper organised a stair climbing championship at the tower. A M.Forestier won, taking three minutes and 12 seconds to reach the second level.

A few aviators have flown an aircraft through the arches of the tower. In 1926, Leon Collet was killed during an attempt.

The innovative car manufacturer Citroen used the tower as a giant billboard between 1925 and 1934 – the company name was emblazoned on the tower using a quarter of a million light bulbs. This was recorded as the world’s biggest advertisement by the Guinness Book of Records.

The Tour Bourdais was never built
The Tour Bourdais was never built

Eiffel Tower facts: resources

Tour Eiffel visit information
Coach tours
Restaurants with Eiffel Tower view
Eiffel Tower at night
Eiffel Tower walking tour
Official information web site
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Eiffel Tower on Paris map.


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Eiffel Tower and artists

The Eiffel Tower was a shock to artists when she was built in Paris in 1889. Ever since, this amazing monument kept inspiring many famous writers and painters.

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), a famous French poet, wrote the quite modern Zone poem in 1913.

Marc Chagall (1887-1985), the famous Russian painter settled in Paris in 1910. The iconic Paris monument inspired many masterpieces:

Pont de Passy et Tour Eiffel (1911)
Paris a travers la fenetre (1913)
La Tour Eiffel (1934)
Les maries de la Tour Eiffel (1938)

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