10 Interesting Facts About The Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most iconic monuments, with millions of visitors coming to marvel at it every year. You may have already known that it was built in 1889 and is re-painted every 7 years, but there are plenty of little-known facts about the tower that you may not know. Read on to find out more about the Eiffel tower.


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The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 Paris Exposition and was not intended to be permanent.

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The Eiffel Tower was going to be demolished in 1909, but was saved because it was repurposed as a giant radio antenna.

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The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world: 6.98 million people in 2011.

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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.

5
Con artist Victor Lustig "sold" the Eiffel Tower to a scrap metal dealer.

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Inventor Franz Reichelt died by jumping from the Eiffel Tower while testing a parachute of his own design.

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1,665 steps are needed to climb all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

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There are over 30 replicas of the Eiffel Tower around the world.

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Gustave Eiffel had an apartment for himself at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

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At the time of its construction, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world.