The Eiffel Tower - Some incredible facts

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous and visited attractions in Paris. Every year, around seven million visitors are drawn here for tours that ascend to the dizzy heights. Construction started in 1887 and ended in 1889. For many years, it was the world’s tallest man-made building. However, New York's Chrysler Building took on that accolade in 1930. The Eiffel Tower was still France's tallest structure until a taller military transmitter was built in Saissac in 1973. Today, the 343-metre Millau Viaduct is also taller, having been completed in 2004.

One of the world's tallest structures

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The Eiffel Tower ( is still amongst the world's tallest structures and, including its antennas, is 324 metres tall, weighing 10,100 tons. Although you can climb to the top using the metal staircases, you'd have to climb 1,665 steps so most visitors prefer to travel up by lift! The lifts of the Eiffel tower work very hard and travel around 103,000 km a year, ferrying people up and down. This is the same as going around the earth's circumference two and a half times!

Some of the history behind the Eiffel Tower

Gustave Eiffel was the architect and engineer behind the Eiffel Tower. After this runaway success, his reputation plummeted when he attempted to construct a canal in Panama and the venture failed! The Eiffel tower was supposed to be dismantled in 1909, following its construction for the 1889 Paris World’s Fair. However, it was a very useful listening post during the First World War. In the decades that followed, it fell into disrepair and was deemed to be unsafe. Then, in 1980, a new company was charged with looking after it and $38-million worth of renovations were carried out between 1980 and 1983. Thanks to this, the Eiffel Tower is the marvellous and awe-inspiring attraction that it is today.