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The Eiffel Tower has just risen six meters – here’s how and why

The global and cultural icon of romance has grown a bit more.

The Eiffel Tower rose six meters (19.69ft) on Tuesday after a new digital radio antenna was attached to the top.

The antenna was hoisted to the top by a helicopter.

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Paris’ most iconic landmark, the Eiffel Tower, has been used for television transmissions for almost a century.

In fact, radio is often credited with the survival of the famous structure into the 21st century.



The Eiffel Tower was designed in the 19th century by Gustav Eiffel, who included a private apartment for himself at the top.

The Eiffel Tower is the most visited paying monument in the world, with more than 6 million visitors each year.

More than 250 million people have visited the tower since its completion.

Two engineers from Gustav Eiffel’s company, Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier, were also credited for their contribution to the project.

Between 150 and 200 men worked on the site.



All the elements were prepared in the Eiffel factory located in Levallois-Perret at the gates of Paris.

Each of the 18,000 pieces used to build the Tower was specifically designed and calculated, traced to the tenth of a millimeter, then assembled to form new pieces of about five meters each.

The tower was assembled using wooden scaffolding and small steam cranes mounted on the tower itself.

During its completion, a worker – an Italian – tragically died when he fell from the first floor.

It was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 to show the industrial power of France on the occasion of the celebration of the centenary of the French Revolution and was to be demolished 20 years later.

The Eiffel Tower was originally 324 meters tall, but the added antenna now stands at 330 meters.

During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to become the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for four decades until the Chrysler Building in New York City was crowned in 1929.

It was built for the 1889 World’s Fair and was to be demolished 20 years later.

The sudden demand for a suitable platform from new emerging radio transmission technology saved the tower from demolition.

Although now a global symbol of romance, the Eiffel Tower’s radical design inspired nothing but love.

While 300 leading Parisian artists and intellectuals signed a manifesto published in the newspaper Le Temps on Valentine’s Day in 1887, opposing the monument because they did not believe it matched the aesthetic from the city.

The tower can grow over 6 inches during the summer as the high temperatures cause the iron to expand due to thermal expansion.

The Eiffel Tower oscillated 13 cm during a storm in 1999, which blew at 240 km/h.

According to the Eiffel Tower’s official website, “there are no restrictions on publishing a photo of the Tower by day. Photos taken at night, when the special lights are on, are subject to copyright , and royalties for the right of publication must be paid to SNTE”.

So, beware if you use night photos of the Eiffel Tower.

The tower sparkles for five minutes from dusk until 1:00 a.m., every hour.

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