Eiffel Tower was designed and constructed by Gustave Eiffel (an engineer) to be the focal point and entrance arch to the World's Fair rejoicing the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. The tower was inaugurated on 31 March 1889, and since then it has become an iconic symbol of France and Paris, and also one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. In France, Eiffel Tower is understood as la dame de-fer or La-Tour Eiffel meaning “the iron lady."

How tall is the Eiffel tower?
Eiffel Tower is partitioned into 3 platforms. The 1st platform measures about 187 feet from the ground. The 2nd platform measures about 377 feet from the ground and the 3rd inner platform measures about 906 feet from the ground. The visitors can go up to 3 levels of the Eiffel Tower. The lower 2 levels can be visited through the elevator or stairs, and they both have restaurants. The top level can be visited through the elevator only.

Specifications of Eiffel tower:

•    Total eight: 1063 feet
•    Height minus the antennas: 1024 feet
•    Width: 410 feet at the ground
•    Pillar width on the ground: 82 feet
•    First floor, 14,485 sq. feet: 187 feet
•    Second floor, 4,692 sq. feet: 377 feet
•    Third floor, 820 sq. feet: 906 feet
•    Lifts: 2x2 duo-lifts from 2nd floor to top, five lifts from the esplanade to 2nd floor
•    Metal frame weight: 7,300 tons
•    The total mass: 10,100 tons
•    Total rivets used: 2,500,000
•    Total of iron parts used: 18,038
•    Pillars: Four pillars make a 410 sq. feet sideways square

On completion, Eiffel tower surpassed the Washington Monument as the highest man-made building in the world. That title was held until 1930 when Chrysler Building was constructed in New York City.

However, the Eiffel Tower is still the highest building in Paris and it is the most visited and paid monument around the world. The experts estimate about 200 million individuals have paid a visit to the place since it was opened.

The light magic

This Tower also signifies the magic light. Eiffel Tower is seen sparkling all night for about 5 minutes every hour, at an exact start of an hour. The lighting system is in place from 1889 in different fashions for International Exposition.

Cleaning Eiffel Tower
It takes about 10,000 amounts of cleaning products, 4-tons of cleaning dusters and rags, 400-litres of detergent and 25,000 trash bags. That is just for internal cleaning. For outside cleaning, the Eiffel-Tower is painted every few years in hues that match the French landscape. It needs about 60-tons of paint and about 18-months for the repaint job to be done.

Eiffel-Tower was intended to exist for about 20 years and then be demolished. However, this tower served as an efficient communication tower, therefore it was not to be dismantled, and now into existence for over 125 years. It is regarded as an architectural masterpiece that attracts about 7-million tourists every year and supports the tourism industry.


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