Since I was a young child I have been intrigued by the Eiffel Tower. “La dame de fer” as she is called in French which stands for “iron lady”. The Eiffel Tower is a historic icon of romance mixed with a touch of industrial power. It stands tall, such does the Statue of Liberty, an amazingly this 10,000 iron ton icon of romance and beauty, and the representation of Paris’s cityscape, the Eiffel tower was actually designed by the same man who designed the internal frame for the Statue of Liberty. Instead of being and a symbol of freedom, it is an icon of romance for most to have seen it and a representation of France’s industrial power, because it was the tallest man made building until the early 1930s when the Chicago tower was built in New York City. Nonetheless it is France’s most beloved icon.
The Eiffel Tower was constructed to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution. The man who bears its name, Gustave Eiffel is the one who takes most of the credit for designing the Eiffel Tower but its true creators and original designers are two lesser known men named Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier. This enormous icon of beauty and Frances prowess in the industrial world took a mind-boggling 7,300 tons of smelled iron, 2.5 million thermally assembled Iron smelted rivets, 60 tons of paint, and took 300, writers, sculptors, and other workmen to complete its construction. Let’s look at some mind boggling, unique, and lesser-known facts about the Eiffel Tower:
Amazing fact #1
The Eiffel Tower actually grows in the summer and shrinks in the winter! This is due to something called thermal expansion. When the Sun is facing one side of the Eiffel Tower it causes it to heat up and expand 6 inches every year only to shrink again in the winter.
Amazing fact #2
Although the Eiffel tower has 108 stories, visitors are only allowed onto the first platform via one of the elevators. Just a single elevator of the Eiffel Tower is estimated to travel 64,000 miles annually. The Eiffel Tower has a lot to offer, they have restaurants, champagne halls, and buffets.
Amazing fact #3
The Eiffel Tower has many purposes for being built; one of them was to have a laboratory built on one of the platforms. The Eiffel Tower was meant to be temporary, and it was supposed to be taken down later, but its creator Gustave Eiffelwas not keen on seeing his beloved tower taken down. In 1910 the Eiffel Tower was saved when the government found that it would be useful to use the Eiffel Tower as a wireless transmitter to communicate with ships on the Atlantic Ocean, and so the Eiffel Tower remained, and its beauty and magnificence still remains with us today as an iconic manmade structure better than any of it’s time and era.