In March 31, 1889, the wrought iron lattice tower designed by Gustave Eiffel was opened to the public and has since become the most-visited paid monument in the world. Read more fun facts and see 50 of the best photos of La Tour Eiffel from our community below!
Construction started in 1887; served as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair
Had a permit to stand for 20 years; it was to be dismantled in 1909, when its ownership would revert to the City of Paris
Stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about 81-storeys high; varies by 15 cm in height due to temperature
Has 3 accessible levels by stairs or lift, and two restaurants: Le 58 tour Eiffel and Le Jules Verne
Novelist Guy de Maupassant—who claimed to hate the tower—supposedly ate lunch in the Tower’s restaurant every day. When asked why, he answered that it was the one place in Paris where one could not see the structure.
Received its 200,000,000th guest on November 2002
Repainted every seven years to protect it from rust; costs $5,300,000 and uses 50-60 tonnes of paint
Electric bill costs $400,000 per year for 7.5 million kilowatt-hours
Profits approximately $29,000,000 per year
Theoretically, it is no longer legal to publish contemporary photographs of the tower at night without permission in France and some other countries because of the special lighting display installed on the tower in 1989 for its 100th anniversary as it was an “original visual creation” protected by copyright. But French doctrine and jurisprudence traditionally allow pictures incorporating a copyrighted work as long as their presence is incidental or accessory to the main represented subject. Thus, authorities could not claim copyright on photographs or panoramas of Paris incorporating the lit tower.
So fret not, Lomographers, and snap away at the Eiffel Tower!
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