Every Iconic city has a landmark that stands out against all others and becomes a representation for the city itself. For London it’s Big Ben, New York has the statue of Liberty, and Paris’s most iconic landmark is without a doubt the Eiffel Tower.
This is the beginning of a series where I take a look at the iconic landmarks of different cities and share some interesting facts about them. I spent two days in Paris, a city filled with many marvelous landmarks, known and unknown alike. Even with so many landmarks the Eiffel Tower seems to stand above the rest.
1. The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World’s Fair Expedition (Random Fact: My school The University of Northern Colorado is almost as old as the Eiffel Tower to the very day.)
2.Many Parisians found the Eiffel tower to be an eyesore and the tower itself was almost used for scrap metal.
3. In 1909 the tower was repurposed as an radio antenna, saving it from being demolished.
4. Another city that could have been home for the tower was Barcelona, Spain, but the project was declined.
5. It takes 1,665 steps to get to the very top. (Woo that it quite a workout.)
6. A woman married the Eiffel Tower in 2007.
7. The tower is named after Gustave Eiffel. (Supposedly the tower held an apartment for him on the third floor.)
8. The tower also has a nickname called “La dame de fer” which means the iron lady
9. It was the largest building in the world at the time of its construction.
10. The tower is used for numerous marketing campaigns. Most notably the French car manufacturer Citroen used the tower as a giant billboard between 1925 and 1934. (When I was there there was a giant tennis ball in the middle of the tower for the French Open Tennis Tournament.) Source:PastTimeParisian
11. At night the tower sparkles on the hour.
12. It is part of a series of Paris landmarks that are lined up in a roughly straight line
13. It is the most visited paid monument in the world with over 250 million visitors.
14. The actual creator of the tower is Maurice Koechlin.
15. In the summer the heat increases the height of the tower by 6 inches.
16. In the winter the first floor is used as a skating rink.
17.There are two restaurants located on the Eiffel Tower.
18. It is the most popular spots in the world to take a selfie.
19. When Hitler visited Paris lift cables were cut to force him and other Nazi’s to use stairs to get to the top.
20. It uses the same amount of Electricity as a small village
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