The Eiffel Tower is a popular attraction in Paris, attracting close to seven million visitors each year. With a history spanning 126 years it serves as a huge attraction for people from all over the world. So then, what is it about the place that has many plans their holiday to head there?
You can climb to the top of it if you are ready for the 1,665 steps awaiting you. There’s a lift to go for as well, covering a distance equivalent to going round the earth two and half times each year.
The man who took up engineering and architecture of the tower named Gustave Eiffel got a bad reputation after the attempt to build the canal in Panama by the French, in which he was involved.
About seven million people visit the tower each year ranking it top among monuments visited in the entire world.
Throughout the German occupation lift cables in the tower stayed cut and the tower not accessible to the public. It was then that Nazi soldiers made an effort to fasten a swastika at the top which failed since it was too large it blew away to make way for a smaller one.
You can see several towers made to look like it at various places in the world. Las Vegas has one, and the other is the Window of the World a theme park in Shenzhen, China.
The tower had a part to play in the Allied victory of the 1914 First Battle of the Marne. A transmitter of the tower blocked German radio transmission, stopping their growth.
The original plan was to allow it stand for 20 years after which it would be pulled apart. The fact that it serves as a wireless telegraph transmitter for some gave leeway for it to stay.
Famous French car manufacturer Citroen utilized the tower for a giant billboard close to 10 years in the early 1920s. It had the company name on it with about quarter million light bulbs passing for recognition by Guinness Book of Records as the world’s leading ad by the Guinness Book of Records.
On a rather weird turn of events, a woman who had a fetish for objects wedded the Eiffel Tower in 2008 to get a change of name to Erika La Tour Eiffel as a way to honor her tower partner.
When the wind blows, the tower sways about seven centimeters.
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