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13 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Eiffel Tower

Picture of Luke Abrahams
Social Content Editor
Updated: 11 June 2018
It’s one of the world’s most well-beloved structures, but how much do you actually know about the Eiffel Tower? Read on for fascinating facts and mind-blowing photos.

1. The first people to visit the Eiffel Tower included the British royal family and American scout ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody.

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© Samot / Shutterstock

2. The Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest structure for over 41 years until the Chrysler Building was built in New York City in the 1930s.

3. From top to bottom, the tower stretches a colossal 324m (1,063 ft., including its antennas) and weighs a rather hefty 10,100 tonnes (11,023 tons)!

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© Michal Bednarek / Shutterstock

4. It requires 60 tonnes (66.1 tons) of paint to paint the entire tower, and just in case you’re wondering, it is repainted every seven years.

5. If you’ve ever scaled the top of the tower and thought it was moving, don’t worry, you’re not crazy. The tower sways around 6–7cm (2–3 in.) in the wind (SCARY!).

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© S.Borisov / Shutterstock

6. It takes 20,000 light bulbs to make the tower sparkle at night. The energy-saving bulbs are switched on for five minutes, every hour, on the hour.

7. The Chamber of Commerce of Monza and Brianza valued the Eiffel Tower at €434bn ($461.4 billion) in August 2012 – this makes it the most expensive structure in Europe!

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© Danm12 / Shutterstock

8. On average, almost seven million people visit the tower every year. And if that’s not impressive enough, it’s also the world’s most-visited and paid-for monument.

9. During cold-weather snaps, the tower shrinks by about 15.2cm (6 in.).

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© Beboy / Shutterstock

10. Its construction took two years, two months and five days – 180 years fewer than Paris’s other great attraction, Notre Dame.

11. The tower comprises 18,000 metallic parts, joined together by 2.5 million rivets.

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© R.nagy / Shutterstock

12. Several aviators have flown planes and other aircraft under the tower’s arches. In 1926, Leon Collet was killed after a failed attempt.

13. The lifts travel a combined distance of 103,000km (64,001 mi.) a year – two and a half times the circumference of the Earth.

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© Marcello Landolfi / Shutterstock