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Eiffel Tower day: some facts about the monument

Eiffel Tower day: some facts about the monument

March 31, 2022, 10:07 a.m.
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The Eiffel Tower is the most visited paying monument in the world.

March 31 is celebrated as Eiffel Tower Day in honor of the completion of construction of this engineering marvel.

The Eiffel Tower currently receives nearly seven million visitors a year, making it the most visited monument in the world for which visitors pay.

Locally called “Iron Womanwhich translates to “Iron Lady”, here are some interesting facts about the Tower.

The tower is named after its chief engineer

The Eiffel Tower is named after the main engineer who built it, Gustave Eiffel.

The Tower was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889, which was to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.

Since the 1980s, the monument has been regularly restored and adapted as an ever-growing tourist attraction.

It represents the magic of light and the lighting leaves visitors amazed.

The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure until 1929

The construction took two years, two months and five days and was opened to the public during the Universal Exhibition of 1889.

Its completion bears witness to the technological prowess of French engineering embodied by Gustave Eiffel.

At 300 meters, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world until the extension of the Chrysler Building (New York City) in 1929.

The height of the tower has increased recently

The tower rests on a base of five meters and is surmounted by a television antenna, which brings its elevation to 324 meters. A new digital radio antenna was attached to the summit on March 15, 2022, increasing its height by six meters. It now measures 330 meters.

The Eiffel Tower was to be demolished in 20 years

The Tower was only meant to last 20 years! As Gustave Eiffel only had a 20-year permit to use the land, the Tower had to be returned to Paris.

However, it was saved by the first radio transmissions, followed by telecommunications.

On November 5, 1898, Eugène Ducretet established the first Morse code radio contact between the Eiffel Tower and the Panthéon Tower.

Visiting the Eiffel Tower would be the best way to honor this monument, but if you can’t travel far, visit a local replica of the monument!

Or just bake an Eiffel Tower cake and throw a party for your friends with the Eiffel Tower as the theme.

Wear clothing and jewelry representing the monument and enjoy the vibrant spirit of the day.