The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 Paris World’s Fair, which coincided with the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. For such an occasion, a pompous new building at the heart of Paris had to be built.
So Gustave Eiffel thought, why not build a building that would be the highest in the world at the time? Today, the tower shapes the image of the city. But about 130 years ago, only a few Parisians could agree with the plan that a huge power pole would now disfigure the city of love.
Here are a few lesser-known facts about the Eiffel Tower that not a lot of people know about.
1. Protests against the construction of Eiffel Tower
The artistic elite of France protested strongly against the project of the Eiffel Tower. Writers, painters, sculptors, architects and passionate lovers of Paris, protested with all strength and outrage, against the construction of the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower in the heart of our capital.
2. Copyright of photos of the light show
Be careful while taking pictures of the evening light show, because if you post a photo of the illuminated Eiffel Tower on Instagram, Facebook or your travel blog for commercial purposes, you are liable to prosecution. At least, if you have not previously bought the rights to the image of the company Sete, the lighting company.
3. The Eiffel Tower in Barcelona?
One year before the Paris World Fair, the fair took place in Barcelona. Again, proposals for buildings were submitted. Gustav Eiffel submitted a draft of the tower but this was rejected because 300 meters of iron just did not fit into the cityscape. However, the design at the time was more like a giant lamppost, because many decorations were added to the French World Exhibition Committee when they were submitted.
4. The Eiffel Tower in Venice red
Hard to imagine, but during the World’s Fair, the Eiffel Tower was painted in noble Venice red. Since then, it has been provided with some colors of the palette like yellow, orange, bright red and the current Eiffel Tower brown. The Eiffel Tower must be repainted every seven years due to rusting. The painting alone takes one and a half years. In addition, the top of the tower is painted lighter and darker towards the bottom – thus creating a uniform color image from the ground.
5. Base Jump from the Eiffel Tower
Base Jumping, that is, jumping off tall buildings or mountains with a parachute or in a wingsuit, is considered an extreme sport and brings many dangers for inexperienced jumpers. Probably the earliest base jump of a bold French tailor took place from the first platform and unfortunately ended fatally. The tailor Franz Reichelt, after a brief hesitation, plunged 57 meters down with a self-constructed parachute.
6. No elevator for National Socialists
When the National Socialists occupied Paris in 1940, the French severed the cables for the lifts shortly before, so that from now on the Paris landmark could only be climbed up the stairs. Incidentally, Hitler himself never took the path to the Eiffel Tower, so today it is said that Hitler conquered France but never the Eiffel Tower.
7. The height of Eiffel Tower varies
According to the principle, Metal expands when the temperature rises, thus the height of the Eiffel Tower also varies up to 18 centimeters. The official size is 324 meters. However, the appropriate temperature indication is missing.
8. Temporary Construction
The Eiffel Tower was not originally intended for eternity. It was supposed to be dismantled after 20 years . It was never planned but it stands tall in Paris for almost 130 years. This raises the question of whether the engineers might have conceived the design for a century structure differently?
9. Too much honor for Gustave Eiffel?
The namesake of the Eiffel Tower can hardly be described as his architect. It was the architect Stephen Sauvestre who determined the current shape of the Eiffel Tower. After all, Eiffel was the one who led the project and also kept up the work.
We bet most of us did not know most of these facts. Well, now you know them and it will only make your trip to the Eiffel tower better.