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 highest suicide rates – 17.5 per 1000 people. It’s an important issue for the French government.
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.
The Eiffel Tower is 6 inches taller in the summer. During summer, the sun heats the steel structure and it tends to expand.
There are 5 billion lights on the Eiffel tower. The great French tower consumes 7.8 million kWh per year.
This is what Paris looks like from top of the Eiffel Tower.
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 committed to a mental hospital by his spouse.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris has a light show that runs for 5 minutes every hour, every night, until dawn. For New Year celebration, the Tower twinkles even more amazingly ten minutes of every hour.
The Eiffel Tower was originally painted red. It appeared with the red color in the center of Paris in 1889.
A woman married the Eiffel Tower in a commitment ceremony in 2007. She is what's called an "Objectophile". Erika LaBrie became Erika Eiffel.
The Eiffel Tower was not intended to be permanent. They planned to take it down in 1909 and transport it to some other place. They scrapped the idea and started to use the tower as a giant radio antenna.
The Eiffel tower is the most visited paid tower in the world. It was visited by 7 million people in 2011 alone.
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. During the Nazi occupation the tower was closed to the public. The lifts were repaired in 1946.
Con artist Victor Lustig “sold” the Eiffel Tower to a scrap metal dealer. Victor was a notorious scammer who “sold” the Tower two times.
The Eiffel Tower could have been built in Barcelona, Spain. But the people of Barcelona voted against the project.
Inventor Franz Reichelt died by jumping from the Eiffel Tower while testing a parachute of his own design.
To reach the top of the Eiffel Tower, one needs to climb 1,665 steps. There is even a race called “Vertical” that determines the best climbers of the Tower.
There are over thirty replicas of the Eiffel Tower around the world. Eiffel Tower replicas can be seen in America, Japan, Russia, Mexico, Germany, Pakistan, China, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Romania, UK etc.
Gustave Eiffel had an apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower. The apartment was used to make the city jealous and to entertain the elite from the scientific world.
In 1891, London was building a structure designed to surpass the Eiffel Tower in height. But it was unsteady and was never completed. It was demolished in 1907. The ambitious structure would have been on the site of Watkin’s Tower.