The History of the Eiffel Tower
As one of the most recognizable landmarks around the world, the Eiffel Tower’s history starts in 1887. It stands 1,063 feet tall from the ground to the highest tip with hidden apartments that the owner held parties in with Thomas Edison and others at that time. These rooms are now open to the public to tour.
The original plans for the Eiffel Tower were first put together by Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier who were two engineers that worked for the Eiffel Institutions Company. Gustave Eiffel then bought the plans from the two engineers and started the construction.
Construction of the Eiffel Tower started in 1887 and took 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days to finish. This was a record time and many were skeptical on building it to begin with. The labor took between 150 and 300 workers, 2,500,000 rivets, 7,300 tons of iron, and 60 tons of paint.
It was assembled using wooden scaffolding and small steam cranes that were mounted on the tower itself. The assembly of the first level was done by the using twelve temporary wooden scaffolds which were 30 meters high, and four larger scaffolds that were 40 meters high.
The Eiffel Tower Today
Although the structure was supposed to be torn down 20 years after it was built, it is still up today and open to the public. It brings in more than 7 million tourists every year to Paris and 250 million since it opened. The three main levels of the tower have 2 restaurants, a few buffets, gift shops, champagne bars and a banquet hall. There are also tours that take place daily at the Eiffel Tower.
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