Eiffel Tower, Paris, France (with Map & Photos)

Eiffel Tower France

Now no one can imagine Paris, France without the Eiffel Tower, and the majority of Parisians, if they did not love it, then, in any case, managed to come to terms with it. But this was not always the case - after its construction, it caused strong discontent among many townspeople, who found it extremely awkward. Hugo and Maupassant, for example, have repeatedly insisted that the tower should be removed from the streets of Paris.

Initially, the building was planned to be dismantled in 1909, 20 years after its erection - but after an overwhelming commercial success, the Eiffel Tower received an "eternal registration".

Eiffel Tower Paris France
Eiffel Tower France

Nevertheless, the Eiffel Tower is always admired by most tourists. Even after 120 years, it remains the tallest structure in Paris and the fifth tallest in all of France. Despite its majestic dimensions, its total weight does not exceed 10 thousand tons, it exerts pressure on the ground equal to the pressure of a person sitting on a chair, and if all the metal of the tower is melted into a single block, it will occupy an area of ​​25 by 5 m and will be only 6 cm in height! However, in our time, the construction of a similar structure would require three times less metal at all - technologies do not stand still.

 France will be the only country to have a 300 meter flagpole! 

-Gustave Eiffel

The most patriotic Parisian

During the German occupation, Hitler visited Paris and wanted to climb the Eiffel Tower. However, the Fuehrer's wish did not come true: the elevator broke down on time, and Hitler left with nothing. The Germans, after such an embarrassment for 4 years, tried to fix the ill-fated lift. In vain - the German craftsmen could not understand the mechanism, and the French only shrugged their shoulders - there were no spare parts! However, in 1944, literally a few hours after the liberation of Paris, the elevator miraculously started working and continues to work without interruption to this day.

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Eiffel Tower France

Eiffel Brown

It is curious that the Eiffel Tower of Paris, France is probably the only building in the world that has its own patented color - eiffel brown, which gives the tower a bronze tint. Before that, she changed several colors - it was yellow, and red-brown, and ocher. Recently, the tower has been repainted every 7 years, and in total this procedure was carried out 19 times. Each painting requires about 60 tons of paint (as well as about 1,500 brushes and 2 hectares of protective netting), so the tower continues to gain weight over time. And not only in weight - due to new antennas, its height is gradually increasing: today it is equal to 324 m, and this is far from the limit.

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Eiffel Tower France

In fact, the Eiffel Tower is not at all monochromatic, as it might seem at first. It is colored in three different shades of bronze - from the darkest on the first level to the lightest on the third. This is done to make the tower look more harmonious against the sky.

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Eiffel Tower France

Everyone can buy a piece of the Eiffel Tower, and this is not about souvenirs with its image, but about the original itself - since the time of Gustave Eiffel, the Iron Lady has been owned by a private company, and its shares are traded on the stock exchange.

Eiffel Tower Map