The Eiffel Tower open for business

Paris in springToday marks the 126th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower opening up to the public. The public are able to access three levels of the Eiffel Tower, the first and second levels consist of restaurants and places to dine and the third level showcases a spectacular viewing platform.  The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and holds many spectacular events, making it a popular destination for tourists to visit.

The tower itself was built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel and held the title of the tallest man made structure in the world for 41 years, boasting the approximate height of an 81 story building. Take a look below at some of the interesting facts we found about the Eiffel Tower:

  • The tower held the title of the world’s tallest man made structure for 41 years
  • There are 1665 stairs to climb to get to the top
  • The tower can shrink by up to 6 inches during cold weather
  • Since opening nearly 250 million people have visited the tower
  • Every 7 years the tower is repainted using 60 tonnes of paint
  • It was only intended to stand for 20 years
  • The tower sways 6-7 cm’s in the wind
  • 20,000 light bulbs are used every night to light the tower up
  • The tower is 324 metres tall
  • There are many replicas around the world including in Vegas!

Send us a picture of your visit to the Eiffel tower to @QuestorIns 

Date Created: 31 March 2015

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