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 Decor
Estex Home Fashions Paris 20" x 20" Decorative Pillow
European Scene Wallpaper
Rizzy Home 18" x 18" Typography Down Filled Pillow
|Add French charm to any room with
the Paris decorative pillow from Estex Home Fashions, featuring a cozy
design and the iconic Eiffel Tower.
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in a variety of patterns, colors, and styles. Whether used in an entire
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wallpaper complements the unique aesthetic of your home decor, and invites
warmth and whimsy into your home.
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your dream home. You will find everything from glamorous embroidered
detailing to southwestern inspired havens that will add a global charm
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Je T'aime Paris 14-Pc. Comforter Set
Betsey Johnson Je Taime Paris Sheet Set
|The Je T'aime comforter set features a metallic Paris-inspired
jacquard which makes it the perfect choice for upgrading your bedroom's
||Enhance your bedroom decor with a new Betsey Johnson Silky
Microfiber Printed Sheet Set. These whimsical patterns are the perfect
combination of color and fun, staying true to Betsey Johnson's vision.
Marseille Paris Printed Shower Curtain, 72" W x 72" L
Paris Eiffel Tower 15-Pc. Bath Bundle
Popular Bath Paris Shower Curtain
|The shower creating a vintage-like and charming touch to your decor.
Finished with 12 button holes on top, this shower curtain is constructed
from ultra-soft microfiber.
||Bring Parisian charm to your bath decor with the Vcny Home Paris
Eiffel Tower Bath Bundle, which features the Eiffel Tower with floral
accents. This 15-piece bath set includes a shower curtain, 12 curtain
hooks, a noodle bath rug, and a storage basket.
||Add a pop of style to your bathroom decor with this beautiful shower
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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