Millions of people each year visit the Eiffel Tower. But who built the Eiffel Tower? This post will answer that question and then tell you a few interesting things about the Eiffel Tower.
Who Built the Eiffel Tower?
The Eiffel Tower was built by the company Gustave Eiffel & Cie. The company was owned by the designer of the Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel. Other key people involved in building the Eiffel Tower were Stephen Sauvestre (architect), Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier (structural engineers).
Want to know how long it took to build the Eiffel Tower? See our post ‘how long did it take to build the Eiffel Tower‘.
Interesting Facts About the Eiffel Tower
- As the tower is an open frame without intermediate floors (except for two platforms), building the Eiffel Tower was very risky. However, thanks to the fantastic safety precautions taken, only one person died during construction.
- Famous inventor Thomas Edison visited the Eiffel Tower on 10 September, 1889.
- On two occasions, con man Victor Lustig ‘sold’ the Eiffel Tower for some scrap metal.
- The current owner of the Eiffel Tower is the City of Paris, France.
- The Eiffel Tower weighs approximately 10,000 tonnes (22 million pounds).
- The third, and highest, level of the Eiffel Tower is only accessible by lift.