Interesting places in Paris - Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is the most recognized building in the world. You can see it on every showcase from Paris, it is literally an icon of this city. Under it, men propose to their women, conduct tango lessons, and serve real French breakfasts. It is estimated that the tower has already been visited by over 200 million people. You usually have to queue for some time to get to the top. However, the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower makes up for it! Find out more by reading our article.
Eiffel Tower known as the Iron Lady
The Eiffel Tower, known as the Iron Lady, was built in 1889 specifically for the Paris World Exhibition. It was to symbolize the economic and scientific power of France, as well as be a display of engineering at that time. It also happened - at the time of its creation, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest tower in the world. When creating her project, Gustav Eiffel used his experience in building iron railway bridges. 20 years after the tower was erected, the authorities ordered it to be demolished. The creator, not wanting to let this happen, founded an aerodynamic and meteorological laboratory at the very top.
Interestingly, the tower was not the idea of Gustav Eiffel himself. He got the idea with two of his assistants, Maurice Koechlin and Émil Nouguier. After patenting their idea, Eiffel bought the copyrights from his assistants, thus becoming the sole originator and creator of the iconic tower.
During World War I, the Eiffel Tower helped the French a lot, turning into a communication base for Paris with military posts on the border with Germany.
The Eiffel Tower - an icon of Paris
Interestingly, the height of the Eiffel Tower varies by 18 centimeters depending on the temperature. In strong winds, the Eiffel sways 7 centimeters, which for people on it at that time does not necessarily have to be a pleasant experience. The total weight of the tower is around 10,000 tons and needs to be renovated every few years due to the material it is made of. Therefore, it is painted exactly every 7 years to prevent corrosion. 60 tons of paint is used for this activity.
All over the world, you can find replicas of the Eiffel Tower, inspired by the Parisian original. If someone is not on their way to Paris, maybe they will be closer to Prague. There, on the Petrin Hill, is the Petrin Tower. It is, of course, lower than its prototype, as it measures 65.5 meters. Nevertheless, it is the tallest structure in the country. Other facilities of this type are located in Tokyo (Japan), Riga (Latvia) and Blackpool (UK).