Eiffel tower is one of the most iconic monuments of the world often referred to as The Iron Lady. It is a quintessential landmark that everyone has on its list when they chose to visit France.
It is a place that everyone in this world is aware of. But there are some amazing and crazy things about it that you probably didn’t know. Apart from the fact that it was built in 1889 for a World Fair and is repainted every 7 years, there are some other anecdotes to its name that might interest you-
It was meant to be demolished
It might surprise you that originally it was meant to be a temporary setup. It was criticized by the Parisians and artists of that time and described it as useless and monstrous by calling it ‘a gigantic black smokestack’. Many intellectuals protested against it saying that it would ruin the beauty of Paris and also filed a petition against it.
It was supposed to be dismantled in 1909 and got a permit to stand for 20 years. But the builder of the tower, Gustave Eiffel didn’t want it to be destroyed so he gave the tower an all-new purpose. It was turned into a huge radio antenna which proved to be very helpful during World War times and its benefits are enjoyed by people till today.
2. The Sparkling Tower
The tower looks magical at night. It sparkles every hour for five minutes after the sunset which is called The Illumination Show. Its impressive look comes from its 20,000 light bulbs which it uses to make a shiny and a dreamy appearance. After the last show at 1:00 am, the lights are shut down to preserve energy. And it might surprise you that taking a photograph of the tower at night is not legal and you can be punished if you share a picture of it on any social networking site. This is because its light work is considered as an artwork that has been protected under copyright laws.
3. It is painted with hand
It takes a lot of effort to maintain this Iron Lady. It is painted by hand with no use of mechanical painting to keep it away from rust and stave off oxidation. The tower has been painted 18 times till now which is almost once in every 7 years to maintain its sparkle and vibrancy. It takes around 18 months to repaint the whole structure and has been painted in different colours from red-brown to yellow to today’s bronze.
4. It has many replicas
There are many replicas of the tower all over the world, maybe more than 30. You can find them in London, LasVegas, and even Pakistan. They have scaled replicas of the building. London even claimed to build its own Eiffel Tower when the tower was inaugurated. A similar kind of structure was actually built and called ” Great Tower of London” but proved to be unstable and was demolished in 1907. An Interesting replica of the building can also be found in Japan famously known as the Tokyo Tower. You would be shocked to know that originally Eiffel Tower was meant to be constructed in Barcelona in Spain and was almost moved to Montreal in Canada in 1960.
5. A Penthouse at the Top
When the tower was designed, Gustave proposed to have a private apartment at the top. A small living space was built for him where the public was not allowed to visit. He would allow the people of his choice to have entry to his penthouse. He was even offered small fortunes to rent out the place for a night.