Paris is the city of love and romance. So many couples come here for a honeymoon! This post about the heart of Paris and the heart of all France – the Eiffel tower.
1. A woman tried to commit suicide from the Eiffel Tower, landed on a car and later married the person who owned the car.
Unfortunately such a happy ending is a rare thing, the Eiffel tower has one of the the highest suicide rates – 17.5 per 1000 people. It’s an important issue for the French government.
2. Here’s the Eiffel tower in numbers…
It employs 300 workers, combines 18,038 pieces of wrought iron, fastened with 2,5 million rivets, weighs 10,000 tons, has a height of 984,25 ft.
3. The Eiffel Tower is 6 inches taller in the summer.
In the summer heat the steel structure tends to expand.
4. There are 5 billion lights on the Eiffel tower.
The great French tower consumes 7.8 million kWh per year. I would not wish to receive those utility bills!
5. This is what Paris looks like from the Eiffel Tower.
In fact the photo does not show the city from all sides so you can imagine how cool it is to be there. But one has to wait for a couple of hours in the line to enter the tower.
6. A man once tried to blow up the Eiffel Tower because its light was shining into his bedroom, keeping him awake at night.
Ivan Chtcheglov was planning to use dynamite stolen from some construction site, luckily he was arrested and commited to a mental hospital by his spouse.
7. The Eiffel Tower in Paris has a light show that runs for 5 minutes an hour, every night, until dawn.
For New Year celebration the Tower twinkles even more amazingly ten minutes of every hour.
8. The view from the tower has always been vertiginous.
This one was taken long ago by a Hungarian photographer Lucien Hervé.
9. The Eiffel Tower was originally painted red.
It appeared in red color in the center of Paris in 1889.
10. A woman married the Eiffel Tower in a commitment ceremony in 2007. She is an objectophile.
Erika LaBrie in the past she became Erika Eiffel.
11. The Eiffel Tower was not intended to be permanent.
They planned to take it down in 1909 and transport it to some other place. Finally they refused the idea and started to use the tower as a giant radio antenna.
12. The Eiffel tower is the most visited paid tower in the world.
It was visited by 7 million people in 2011 alone.
13. During WWII, when Hitler visited Paris, the French cut the lift cables on the Eiffel tower so that Hitler would have to climb the steps if he wanted to reach the top.
The lifts were repaired only in 1946. During the Nazi occupation the tower was closed for public.
14. Con artist Victor Lustig “sold” the Eiffel Tower to a scrap metal dealer.
Victor was a notorious scammer who “sold” the Tower even twice.
15. The Eiffel Tower could have been built in Barcelona, Spain.
The people of Barcelona countervoted the project. They didn’t realize it could help them with communications to say the least.