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Surprising facts about the Eiffel Tower

As a symbol of France, the Eiffel Tower is very famous all over the world. However, there are some interesting facts that many people may not know about it. Below are several examples which are listed by the Thrillist.

1Not the tallest structure in France

Paris - Eiffel Tower at night

When the huge tower was opened in the year 1889, it was the world’s tallest structure. Nevertheless, the height of 300 meters can not help it to beat out plenty of radio masts today. As the result, the tower is just on the ninth place among the tallest French structure.

2Supposed to be built in Barcelona

The architect Gustave Eiffel originally proposed the idea of ​​the Eiffel Tower with Spain. He hoped to build it for the Universal Expo taking place in 1888 but was turned down because the idea was thought “too expensive and strange”.

3Original colors are red


The Eiffel tower was red-brown when opened. Afterwards, it has been repainted 18 times until being iconic bronze like today. It took up to a year and 60 tonnes of paint to complete the whole thing. In addition, every seven years, the same amount of paint is used to protect the famous tower against corrosion.

4Hated by the art and literacy circles of Paris


A lot of people in art and literacy circles of Paris including writers, painters, sculptors and architects were strongly opposed to the Eiffel tower. A group of them even wrote a letter in the newspaper Le temps, expressing their objections to the tower because they thought that it would destroy the beauty of France.

5Famous as stars

The Trocadéro

Up to 1.6 million people are fans of the tower on Facebook. Additionally, the number of visitors take selfies with this symbol is extremely numerous.

6Be a power station

Paris - Eiffel Tower

In February 2015, Paris government installed two wind turbines on the Eiffel Tower, providing 10,000 kWh of electricity per year to the city.

7Able to rent a room on the tower


If the office is too boring, you can rent a room on the Eiffel Tower at the height of 57 meters above ground. These rooms can be not only for business meetings but also for a luxurious cocktail party.

8Texas also has an Eiffel Tower


There is another Eiffel Tower in Texas, USA. Actually, there are over 30 Eiffel Tower replicas all over the world. Nonetheless, most of them are smaller than the original.

9Sold as scrap metal twice

The Paris Las Vegas, Nevada

In 1925, Victor Lustig read an article writing about the dilapidation of the Eiffel Tower but the cost of maintenance and repair was greatly high. He pretended to be a government official and sent an offer letter to a group of scrap metal dealers. Unfortunately, they were convinced and paid the money to Lustig. This scam had been run again a month later before he was arrested.

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