It’s a world-famous icon. But how much do you know about this famous French landmark? Wow your friends and family with these fun facts about the Eiffel Tower taken from Brick City Paris, a brick-tastic guide featuring model reconstructions, buildable projects, fascinating facts and amazing stories.
10 Eiffel Tower facts
1. The iconic Eiffel Tower was built for the World Fair in 1889, 100 years after the French Revolution.
2. The ‘metal asparagus’ was the tallest structure in the world for 41 years – it’s still the tallest in Paris. Queues form daily to climb the 1665 steps.
3. 20,000 lights twinkle on the tower at night for five minutes every hour, on the hour.
4. On its 100th birthday, tightrope walker Philippe Petit stepped along a very thin wire from the Palais de Chaillot to the tower’s second level.
5. In 1937, architect Andre Granet hung a gigantic chandelier with 6.2 miles (10km) of coloured fluorescent tubes underneath the tower.
6. From 1925 until 1936, 250,000 coloured lamps on the tower spelled out ‘Citroen’ in a giant advert for Citroen cars.
7. In 2015, the tower hosted its first ever race. The winner reached the top in seven minutes 50 seconds!
8. Every seven years, a team of 25 painters sets out to repaint the whole structure. The job takes around 18 months, and sometimes involves a complete change of colour.
9. In 1978, 30,000 bulbs turned the tower into a Christmas tree of light.
10. 5300 drawings and designs were produced by the engineers and designers working on the tower.
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