While many people dream all their lives of seeing the Eiffel Tower, many don’t realize the rich history of the historic landmark. Before you start planning your visit, these five fun facts will teach you things you never knew about the world’s most visited monument.
- The Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1889 as the entrance to the World’s Fair. The monument was part of an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the French Revolution
- The Eiffel Tower was originally built only to last 20 years, with easy demolition part of the original job requirements. However, the tower proved invaluable for World War I communications and was left long after its original demolition date.
- Artists originally protested the Eiffel Tower, claiming it would overwhelm the many other monuments of Paris and calling it a “giddy, ridiculous tower.” Even years after the Eiffel Tower was in place, artists continued to treat it with disdain. Celebrated writer Guy de Maupassant was said to eat lunch at the Eiffel Tower each day. When asked why, he reportedly said it was the only place in the city he wouldn’t be able to see the structure
- To maintain its look, each seven years, approximately 50-60 tonnes of paint (equal to 110,000-130,000 U.S. pounds) must be applied to the Eiffel Tower.
- The Eiffel Tower has long been a hub of communication for Europe. Today, a collection of radio and television stations broadcast their signals from the Eiffel Tower.
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