Hi! I’m Ruslana. I got inteested in man-made wonders. I’d like to share some interesting facts about the Eiffel Tower Man-made Wonder with you.
Located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most well known structures in the world.
The Eiffel Tower was originally built as the entrance arch for the World’s Fair in 1889.
The construction of the Eiffel Tower continued from 1887 to 1889.
The Eiffel Tower is called the “lattice tower” as it is a framework that is free standing.
It was initially built as an entrance to the World Fair held in 1889 and not built to be permanent.
Since it opened in 1889, almost 250 million visitors have come to see the tower.
The height of the Eiffel Tower can be compared to the height of a building with 81 storeys.
There are 300 steps to be climbed to the first level from the ground level.
Around 300 workers assembled the tower and It took two years, two months and five days for the building for the Eiffel Tower to be completed.
To climb the entire height of the Eiffel Tower and reach the top, one has to climb 1,665 steps.
Gustav Eiffel, designer and owner of Eiffel tower owned a private apartment in the tower.
In 1907 the tower was fitted with a giant clock where the numbers were 6 meters tall.
Eight elevators reach the public to the first three floors of the Eiffel Tower located at 190 ft, 376 ft, and 900 ft respectively.
Restaurants and other amusement and shopping facilities are present in the two levels of the Eiffel Tower.
The Eiffel Tower was once colored yellow and today it is a special “Eiffel Tower Brown”.
A laboratory for Science experiments is located at the Eiffel Tower.
It is named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company was in charge of the project.
The Eiffel Tower is 320 metres (1,050 feet) in height and was the tallest man made structure in the world for 41 years before being surpassed by the Chrysler Building in New York.
The Eiffel Tower is made of iron and weighs around 10,000 tonnes.
Around 50 tonnes of paint are added to the Eiffel Tower every 7 years to protect it from rust.
Despite its height, the Eiffel Tower was designed to be wind resistant, swaying only a few inches in the wind. It actually moves further when the iron on the sun facing side heats and expands, moving the top up to 7 inches (18 centimetres) away from the sun.
Temperature also alters the height of the Eiffel Tower by up to 6 inches (15 centimetres).
Millions of people climb the Eiffel Tower every year and it has had over 250 million visitors since its opening.Visitors can climb up stairs to the first two levels or take a lift which also has access to the third and highest level.
Being so popular, the Eiffel Tower design has been recreated around the world, including the half scale replica at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Nevada, USA and the full scale Tokyo Tower in Japan.
Not everyone liked the Eiffel Tower when it was first built, with many criticizing its bold design.
The French name for the Eiffel Tower is La Tour Eiffel, it also has the nickname La dame de fer which means the iron lady.
I’m sure that the Eiffel Tower is a man-made wonder and I hope to visit it some day.
Based on: www.sciencekids.co.nz; www.seriousfacts.com