The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower that is an icon of France. But how long did it take to build the Eiffel Tower? This post will answer that question and then tell you a few interesting facts about the Eiffel Tower.
How Long did it Take to Build the Eiffel Tower?
Construction of the Eiffel Tower began in Paris on January 26, 1887. The work was completed on March 31, 1889. Therefore, it took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days to build the Eiffel Tower.
Interesting Facts About the Eiffel Tower
- When it was first built many people called it an ‘eyesore’.
- The Eiffel Tower is 324 m (1,063 ft) tall (measured to the top of the antennae).
- The Eiffel Tower is named after its designer- Gustave Eiffel
- The Tower has been used for radio transmissions since the early 1900′s. Today, it is used to broadcast both radio and television transmissions.
- Father Theodor Wulf first detected cosmic rays at the Eiffel Tower.
- More than 200 million people have visited the Eiffel Tower since its construction. It is the most visited paid monument in the world.
- 50 to 60 tonnes of paint must be applied to the Tower every 7 years to prevent rusting.
- Novelist Guy de Maupassant claimed to hate the Eiffel Tower. However, he ate lunch at the Tower almost every day claiming it was the only place in Paris where he could not see the structure!
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