Eiffel tower opened to the public on March 31, 1889. Below we list some of the facts about the tower which you might not know.
The initial design of the tower which was prepared by senior engineer Maurice Koenchlin was rejected by Eiffel. He added some more details to the design and the tower as we see it today was approved.
Two years were spent by three hundred steel workers who used more than 18,000 metal parts , 2.5 million rivets and around 40 tons of paint to create the monument which today stands as a mark of architectural excellence in Paris.
When the tower was completed in the month of March 1889, its height was 985 feet or 300 meters. This height is not static though and it shrinks by 6 feet during the winter months.
Eiffel tower was the highest structure in the world until 1930 when it was surpassed by Chrysler Building in New York which measured 1,046 feet. However, now Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world which stands tall in Dubai.
It was not as if everything was smooth during the commissioning of the tower. Around 300 people led by author Guy de Maupassant and other artists signed a petition during construction of the tower. They called it wasteful expenditure though none listened to them and the tower was commissioned in 1889.
1889 World Fair was an immense hit and most of the credit went to Eiffel Tower as many people from across the world came to see the tower. Over 2 million people visited the fair and appreciated the tower. $1.4 million were spent on tickets and the fair was immensely profitable.
Initially, it was decided that the tower will be dismantled by 1909 but it was found that it was at a perfect location for having a telegraphy antenna and it proved to be of great help during World War 1.
The tower has been designed in such a manner that it can sway for about 4.5 inches. This has been done so that it can withstand strong air currents.
The tower gets a fresh coat of paint every seven years and 60 tons of paint is used every time it is to be painted afresh.