Eiffel tower

The Eiffel Tower is 6 meters high. How did it happen

The Eiffel Tower, one of the most popular sights in the world, is 6 meters taller after receiving a new antenna at the top.

The tower, built by Gustave Eiffel at the end of the 19th century, is now 330 meters tall after the new DAB+ (digital audio) antenna was installed using a helicopter, according to Reuters.

Radio antennas saved the monument from demolition after it came into the possession of the authorities. As maintenance costs were too high, a way to support the project was sought. Today, there are more than 100 antennas on the Eiffel Tower.

The Paris landmark was the tallest monument in the world until 1929, when the Chrysler Building in New York was built.

The Eiffel has been used for over 100 years for audiovisual transmissions, and its height has changed over time as older antennas have been replaced.

The antenna change only took a few tens of minutes this time.

The tower, built to mark the centenary of the French Revolution, weighs, with all parts attached, 10,100 tons (about the size of two military destroyers), and 2.5 million rivets were used in its construction .

Eiffel Tower
Japanese Akizuki-class destroyer, which weighs 5,000 tons, about half the size of the Eiffel Tower. (Photo: Wikimedia)

The monument was not well received by the intellectuals of the time. In 1987, more than 300 Parisian artists signed a manifesto opposing the project, which they considered “monstrous”.