Eiffel Tower Facts



  • The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, was 312.2 m high when it was first built. An antenna brings it up to 318.7 m. There are 1665 steps up to the top.
  • On a clear day you can see 80 km in all directions from the top. It is often sunny at the top when the weather in the Paris streets is cloudy.
  • The tower was made from 18,038 pieces of iron, held together by 2,500,000 rivets.
  • It was built in 1889 for the exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.
  • Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) was the most successful engineer of the day, building not only the Eiffel Tower but New York’s Statue of Liberty as well.
  • Paris’s Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most famous landmarks.
  • The Eiffel Tower was designed by Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nougier who calculated the effects of wind and gravity with amazing precision.
  • The Tower was intended to show what could be done with cast iron.
  • During building work Parisian artists, such as the composer Gounod and the poet Maupassant, protested against its ugliness. But when completed it was an instant success with ordinary people.
  • The cost of building the Eiffel Tower was over $1 million. However, the fees from the visitors in the first year alone covered the construction costs.
  • When Paris was occupied by the Nazis during the war, the lifts ‘mysteriously’ stopped working. They restarted the day Paris was liberated.