Surprising Facts about Eiffel Tower

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On March 31, 1889, workers riveted the last of more than 18,000 iron pieces into place to complete construction of the Eiffel Tower. To inaugurate the magnificent metallic structure, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the tower’s designer, climbed its 1,710 steps and unfurled a French tricolor flag from its pinnacle. Explore 10 surprising facts about the Parisian icon.

  • The Eiffel Tower was once yellow.
  • It was built to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution.
  • For four decades it was the world’s tallest structure.
  • The Eiffel Tower was once the world’s largest billboard.
  • Eiffel designed part of another famous landmark.
  • Parisian artists petitioned against the “monstrous” structure.
  • Radio saved the Eiffel Tower from destruction.
  • The Eiffel Tower contributed to the capture of Mata Hari.
  • The tower housed a scientific laboratory.
  • Daredevils have died attempting aerial feats at the tower.
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