What are some interesting facts about the Eiffel Tower?


The Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most famous landmarks in Paris. If you haven’t seen it in person, you might think there’s nothing very exciting about this beautiful tower.

There are a few interesting facts about the Eiffel Tower that you may not know!


✹ Did you know that the Eiffel Tower grows and shrinks throughout the year? Because it is made of wrought iron, which expands when hot, the Eiffel Tower is actually six inches taller in the summer. This also means that during the day, the tower actually moves slightly depending on where the sun is.

The Eiffel Tower has painted three different colors. The official color of the landmark is “Eiffel Tower Brown,” but to appear best to viewers, it’s painted in three different, graduated shades.

✹ It is located on the Champs de Mars at 5 Avenue Anatole France in the 7th arrondissement of Paris.

✹ The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 Paris Exposition. It was constructed to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the French Revolution.


✹ Construction began on January 28, 1887, and was concluded on March 31, 1889; 50 engineers and designers, between 150 and 300 workers, 18,038 pieces of wrought iron, and 2.5 million rivets were needed to build the Eiffel Tower.

✹ The tower is 324 meters (1,063 feet) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building, and the tallest structure in Paris. Its base is square, measuring 125 meters (410 ft) on each side.

✹ The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels.

✹ The top level’s upper platform is 276 m (906 ft) above the ground – the highest observation deck accessible to the public in the European Union.

✹ The Eiffel Tower was the tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years before being surpassed by the Chrysler Building in New York.


✹ The Eiffel Tower uses 20,000 light bulbs to make it sparkle every night, for 10 minutes on the hour. The monument consumes 7.8 million kWh of electricity per year, the equivalent of a small village.

The Tower at the center of events

Since the 1980s, the monument has regularly been renovated, restored, and adapted for an ever-growing public.
Over the decades, the Eiffel Tower has seen remarkable achievements, extraordinary light shows, and prestigious visitors. A mythical and audacious site, it has always inspired artists and challenges.

It is the stage for numerous events of international significance (light shows, the Tower’s centenary, the Year 2000 pyrotechnic show, repainting campaigns, sparkling lights, the blue Tower to mark France’s Presidency of the European Union or the multicolored Tower for its 120th birthday, unusual fixtures, such as an ice rink, a garden, etc.).


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