Anything more iconic in Paris than the Mona Lisa? Visited each year by more than 6 million visitors, the Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris, its international image and pride for the city, something unthinkable a hundred years ago, when the tower was being built despite strong opposition of Parisian intellectuals and the street.
The legacy of the great engineer Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel left his seal into works such bold from a technical standpoint as aesthetically beautiful. Few know that it was he who made the metal framework of the Statue of Liberty, as the fame of all his works is overshadowed by the tower that bears name built in Paris for the Universal Exhibition of 1889.
Foundations of the Eiffel Tower
Work on the foundations started on 28 January 1887, the foundations were complete by 30 June and the erection of the ironwork began.
The start of the erection of the metalwork
I hope you like this information, this is just Part 1 of a series of informative posts of how was the Eiffel Tower constructed.
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• The height, including the antenna, is 320 m.
• On hot days is 15 cm higher, due to metal expansion.
• There were two and a half million rivets.
• The swing in the wind never exceeds 12cm.
• Reaches the 10,100 tons.
• Forty tons of paint are needed each year to repaint.
• On a clear day you can see from atop the Cathedral of Chartres, more than 70 km. of capital.