Eiffel Tower Day - March 31
Eiffel Tower Day is the holiday day of the wonderful monument that stands proudly in the heart of the City of Lights. This day marks the completion of the construction of the Eiffel Tower in 1889.
In honor of the Eiffel Tower Day, get some facts about the tower that (maybe) you did not know:
It took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days in total to build the Eiffel Tower and it is named after the chief engineer who designed it, Gustav Eiffel.
The Eiffel Tower was actually built for the Paris International Exhibition, on the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, and was not designed to be a permanent structure.
In 1909 they wanted to demolish the Eiffel Tower, but it was saved thanks to the decision to change its designation to a giant radio antenna.
The Eiffel Tower is the paid monument that most people in the world visit. As of 2017, more than 300 million visitors visited it.
During World War II, when Hitler visited Paris, the French cut the elevator cables in the Eiffel Tower so that Hitler had to climb the stairs to reach the summit.
The Eiffel Tower was planned to stand in Barcelona, Spain, but the Spaniards rejected the offer.
The height of the Eiffel Tower varies by 15 centimeters (5.9 inches) as a result of temperature changes.
Inventor Franz Reichelt died in a jump from the Eiffel Tower (in 1912) while testing the parachute he designed.
If you want to climb the stairs to the top of the Eiffel Tower, you will need to climb 1,665 steps.
A woman named Erika Eiffel "married" the Eiffel Tower in 2007.
There are 20,000 bulbs on the Eiffel Tower.
There are more than 30 replicas of the Eiffel Tower worldwide.
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