Eiffel Tower Fun Facts and Gifts
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most easily recognized structures
in Paris, but it hasn't always been universally loved. Find out more
Eiffel Tower Fun Facts,
Eiffel Tower history
Eiffel Tower Gifts
Bedhead French Bow Classic Pajama Set, Light Blue
Bedhead French Bow Shorty Pajama Set, Light Blue
Bedhead French Bow Short Kimono Robe, Light Blue
|Bedhead "French Bow" classic knit pajamas featuring gift-wrapped
Eiffel Tower print with contrast piping. Two-piece set includes shirt
and pants. Notched collar; button front. Long sleeves. Matching wide-leg
||Bedhead pajama set in "French Bow" print of ribbon-wrapped Eiffel
tower. Notched collar; button front. Short sleeves. Patch pocket at left
chest. Straight hem; side vents. Includes matching drawstring shorts.
Pull-on style. Cotton knit.
||Bedhead kimono robe in "French Bow" print of
ribbon-wrapped Eiffel Tower. Shawl collar; open front. Three-quarter
kimono sleeves. Self-tie belt at natural waist. Front patch pockets.
Mid-thigh length. Cotton/spandex.
Luminarc Skylines Glassware Collection
Ceramic Skyline Trinket Dish
|Get an urban edge with the interplay of iconic international city motifs
in the Luminarc Skylines glassware collection.
||Brooklyn-based Danielle Kroll is an artist, designer and
Anthropologie art department alum. Her whimsical styles, inspired by her
ever-growing personal collection of vintage memorabilia, will awaken
your curiosity and enliven your day.
Martha Stewart Collection Steel Silver-Tone Bead Photo Album and Picture
Paris Vignettes Wallpaper
Graham & Brown Kissing in Paris Wall Art
|Delicate beading in silver-tone steel add an elegant touch to this photo
album from the Martha Stewart Collection. Perfect for displaying your cherished
photos with graceful style.
||Born in 1964, Nathalie Lete studied fashion design at the Art
Applieque's Duperre and lithography at the Beaux Arts de Paris. Her
paintings, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, books and toys are built upon a
foundation of fantasy, humor and childhood memories.
||Bring a little romance to any room with the beautiful neutral palette
of this engaging print. Enhanced by the iconic Eiffel Tower, this enchanting
encounter brings a lovely large-scale focal point to a special space.
Engineer/builder: Gustave Alexandre
Eiffel who also helped build the Statue of Liberty
Height: 984 feet (1,051 feet with
antenna addition for television transmission). When built, it was the worlds
tallest structure. There are 3 platforms, 1,652 steps to climb to the top (there's
also an elevator!).
Dates: Built 1887-1889 for the World's
Fair in 1889 which celebrated the centennial of the French Revolution 1789-1799.
Construction: Cross-braced latticed
girder for minimum wind resistance built of 7,000 tons of high quality wrought
iron in 18,000 parts using 300 skyjacks and held together by 2.5 million rivets.
It is one of the earliest examples of wrought iron construction of this magnitude.
Weight: 7,000 tons. It takes 52 tons
of paint every seven years to repaint it.
Movement: the top never sways more
than 4.5 inches even in the strongest winds, but the height can change 6 inches
depending on the temperature.
View: On a very clear day you can
see 42 miles from the 3rd platform.
Visitors: 6.9 million people visit
the Eiffel tower each year.
Lights: In 1900 gaslights were replaced
by electric lights. Since 1985, 352 sodium lamps have given it a yellow light
at night. In 2003, 20,000 bright white lights were added which will shine 10
minutes every hour on the hour from sunset until after midnight. It took 70
tons of equipment, 26 miles of electrical wiring, and a team of 40 mountaineers,
architects and engineers, fighting high winds, snowstorms, pigeons and even
bats (information from the New York Times).
Ice skating: in 2005 an ice skating
rink was opened for the first time.
Looking Good: Every 7 years she gets a paint job--66
tons of paint in signature Eiffel Tower brown, 55 tons of paint erode between
paintings, 25 painters work on the project, 18 months to complete, 31 miles
of climbing rope, 2009 estimate is $5.29 million (St Petersburg Times 4.1.09)
The bold and unusual design caused considerable
controversy. Many Frenchmen were vocal in their disapproval, including the famous:
Charles Garnier, architect of the Opera; Gounod, composer; and writers Francois
Coppee, Leconte de Lisle, Dumas the Younger, Maupassant. Others, Apollinaire, Cocteau,
Pissarro, Dufy, Utrillo, Seurat, Marquet were strongly in favor. It was nearly torn
down in 1909, but it's use for French radio telegraphy saved it. In 1916 it became
the terminal for the first radio telephone service across the Atlantic. A meteorological
station, radio communications station (1918), television transmission antenna (1957)
and a suite of rooms used by Eiffel are located near the top.
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