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Facts about the Eiffel Tower in Paris France

by Robbie Doyle on 25-09-2019 in Aritcles1

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Eiffel Tower in France - Eiffel Tower is the symbol of France

If you had to use one icon to represent France; what would it be? I would bet that if you asked people that question most would say the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The Eiffel tower, although not very old in years has come to represent France in modern times. Napoleon has come and gone, so has the French revolution and although many grand palaces still stand, along with castles, cathedrals and grand chateau’s, its the tower that looms large in the minds of people. So, let’s have some facts and fictions about the Eiffel Tower.

Who designed the Eiffel Tower?

The design of the Eiffel Tower is attributed to Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier, two senior engineers working for the Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel.

How many years did it take to build the Eiffel Tower?

It took only two years, two months and five days to build the tower, which is a remarkably short period of time. The work started in 1887 and the tower was inaugurated in 1889

The tower has had many colour changes over the years. According to Gustave Eiffel, the French civil engineer and architect, the original red colour made it easier to protect the structure from rust. But since its construction, the tower has been painted ochre, yellow and several shades of brown. Once there was an ombre paint effect that faded as the tower reached the sky.

How much does it cost to go up the Eiffel Tower?

Eiffel Tower ticket costs vary wildly. Adults over the age of 25 willing to take the 704 stairs to the second-floor pay 7 euros, those aged 12 to 24 years pay 5 euros, and children 4 to 11 pay 3 euros. Admission tickets with elevator access to the second floor cost 11 euros, 8.50 euros, and 4 euros, respectively

It is a paid and tallest monument in France. Millions of tourists from all over the world visit Paris only because of seeing Eiffel Tower. It is also considered as a symbol of love. It has got a title of 'Symbol of Love' due to its superb construction and outstanding views.

The Real Iron Lady

The Eiffel Tower was given the nickname The Iron Lady from 1925 to 1935 and is still called this today. It got this name because it was used as a commercial billboard by the car company, Citroën.Ma

It was only supposed to be a temporary structure. True! Built for the World Fair in 18189 to commemorate the 100 years centenary of the French Revolution. It was not taken down because it had a radio antenna mounted at the top. Today it is still used to broadcast radio and TV signals around the World

Love at First Sight?

Parisians actually hated the tower at first. Or, should I say, the Parisian intellectuals hated it. They said it reminded them of a black, ugly smokestack and that it would ruin the skyline of Paris.

Hitler wanted it destroyed

The Eiffel tower is lucky to still be standing. During 1944, after realising that the Nazis would lose Paris to the advancing allied forces, Hitler ordered the tower, and most of Paris, to be reduced to ruins. We have the military governor in charge to thank for refusing to do so.

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These are just a few facts and figures about this most symbolic of French structures. The Eiffel Tower is just one of the many fantastic sights to see in Paris.

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Check out the Rent-in-France website for the very best in French self-catering holiday rentals in Paris. If you need any help or advice you are most welcome to contact us at any time.

 

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