The first thing that pops to one’s mind when Paris is mentioned is the Eiffel tower. As interesting as this iconic tower attracts much more tourists that any other monument, the Eiffel tower has also had an interesting history since the beginning of its construction in 1887. The tower even stood as the tallest structure in the world until 1930 when the Chrysler was built in NY.
The primary purpose for constructing the Eiffel tower was probably to commemorate the French revolution, yet it was also constructed as a contribution in the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889, the year of the tower inauguration. The main architect who supervised the construction is Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, whose name was used to call the tower.
Construction amazingly took more than 18,000 iron pieces brought together by the help of 300 steel workers. Although safety standards during that period was limited, just one worker lost his life during the construction.
After twenty years of the existence of the Eiffel tower, opinions suggested the demolition of the monument considering it a scar on the face of Paris. However, thanks to the antenna at the top of the tower, the demolition plan was cancelled. The antenna and the structure of the Eiffel tower were used for the benefit of scientific research and for radio transmissions. Structures such as lighting conductors, barometers and wind gauges are placed over the tower for scientific experimentation.
The Eiffel tower is divided into three distinct levels which are painted with different shades of the same color, the darkest shade on the bottom. Repainting is done on a seven years basis, each repaint requires about 60 tons of paint and around a year and a half to complete.
The first level of Eiffel has Altitude 95, the second level has Jules Verne restaurant and the third level has a snack bar. If visitors are going to use the stairs to reach the top, they’re going to climb about 1700 steps or use the elevator.