Easily one of the world’s most recognizable structures, the Eiffel Tower has stood tall since its construction in 1889.
The tower, which was specifically designed for the World’s Fair, was originally intended to be a temporary exhibit. It’s intended shelf life was just 20 years.
It was decided that the Eiffel Tower would become a permanent fixture when it’s value as a radiotelegraph station was recognized.
Here are some interesting facts concerning building the Eiffel tower:
- The wrought iron structure itself took 50 engineers and designers, 150-300 workers (depending on the day), two years, two months, and five days to construct.
- The 108-story structure is made up of 18,000 metallic parts weighing in at 7,300 tons of iron, all of which were joined together by 2.5 million rivets. The entire tower weighs just over 10,000 tonnes.
- 20,000 lightbulbs are used to light up the tower at nighttime.
- Including antennas, the structure stands at 324 metres tall. It was the tallest manmade structure until it was surpassed by the Chrysler Building in 1930.