Tourists who visit Paris wouldn’t leave the place without having a picture with the Eiffel tower as their background. Some, though the place has an entrance fee, would make an effort to get inside it. But, these people probably don’t know more about the monument. So, we are going to give 15 facts about the marvelous Eiffel tower.
Two Men Tried To Plant Explosives In Eiffel Tower
Ivan Chtcheglou and his friend Henry de Bearn planned to tear it down because the light from the tower was glaring, which made them stay awake every night.
A Woman Tried To Kill Herself At The Tower
Sorry for the negative facts starting in this article but these are true facts therefore need sharing. A woman tried to jump off from the Eiffel Tower, because of an unknown reason. The tower is also known as popular suicide spot. In fact, 398 people have already died there from committing suicide.
1,710 Steps To Reach The Top
A person who wishes to use the stairs of the Eiffel Tower to get to the top, they must expect to pass a staggering 1,710 steps. Too many? Nope, because it’s all worth it in the end as the view is sinmply breath taking. All this being said, some sources suggest that there are 1,665 steps to the top. Either way you will definitely need to climb between 1,665 to 1,710 steps in order to get to the top.
One Woman Fell In love With The Eiffel Tower
Erika “Aya” Eiffel, an object ophelic, expressed her love to the tower through marrying it in a commitment ceremony during 2007.
French Cut The Lift Of The Monument Because Of Hitler
When Paris fell to German occupation on June 14, 1940, French resistance fighters allegedly cut the elevator cables to the Eiffel Tower. This meant that if Hitler wanted to hoist a swastika flag, a soldier would have to climb the roughly 1,710 stairs to the summit platform.
Eiffel Tower’s Height Differs
Its height differs, depending if it’s summer or not. The tower expands about 6 inches in height if the climate is hot as it’s made from steel.
The Tower Was Red
It was painted bright red during 1887 up to 1888, and after a year it was coated reddish-brown.
It Has 20,000 Lights
The tower has an estimated 20,000 bulb count. These bulbs make the tower twinkle and sparkle at night.
Sold Twice To Metal Scrap Industry
“Count” Victor Lustig was the greatest American con; he sold theEiffel Tower twice without any much effort. He pretended to be a French government official and invited businessmen from the scrap metal industry in a hotel and announced to them that the Eiffel Tower cannot survive the political problems, repairs, burdens in engineering and he even told them that it would be torn down. The businessmen were enticed by his charm and his public speaking skills and begun to bid for the Eiffel Tower.
Originally Planned To Be Built In Barcelona
Originally the construction of Eiffel Tower was supposedly to be built in Barcelona, Spain for the 1888 Universal Exposition. But the plan was turned down because according to the government of Spain, it was too expensive and a little bit strange. So the engineer offered the tower to Paris for the same purpose, Universal Exposition, and this time in 1889 it was approved.
A Tailor Inventor Who Jumped Off The Eiffel Tower
An Austrian-born French Franz Reichelt invented a tailor-made parachute and wanted to test his masterpiece from the top of the Eiffel Tower. It happened on February 4, 1912, when he confidently told Paris about his mission. Though the parachute was only tested via dummies, Reichelt felt to pursue his dream and he himself tested the parachute. But, his invention failed and he died.
Replicas around the world
There are 30 replicas of Eiffel Tower: Here’re 15 of the replicas.
Watkin’s Tower: London
Long Ta: China
Tokyo Tower: Japan
Nagoya TV Tower: Japan
New Brighton Tower: United Kingdom
Las Vegas Eiffel Tower: USA
Ismaning Radio Tower: Germany
Funktrun Berlin: Germany
Eiffel Tower of Window of the World: China
Eiffel Tower of Tiandu City Community: China
Eiffel Tower: Tennessee, USA
Eiffel Tower: Durango, Mexico
Metallic tower of Fourviere: France
Eiffel Tower replica: Bahria Town, Pakistan
Torre del Reformador: Guatemala
Gustave’s Secret Apartment
Not many people know that the tower hides a secret apartment. Previously this apartment had been off-limits to visitors but today it’s publicly open.
An Attempt To Surpass The Tower
Due to its popular structure, the government of London planned to surpass the tower but it failed since the structure was unsteady. They demolished it in 1907.
Nearly 7 Million Visits In Just 1 Year
The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world with about 6.98 million people visiting it in 2011. Now that’s quite some feat for a relative small nation compared to some others.