The Eiffel Tower
By Jake Bishop
The construction of the Eiffel Tower
Did you know that the Eiffel Tower is 963 feet tall? If you think that was interesting then let me tell you about the construction of the Eiffel Tower. The construction of the Eiffel Tower was difficult. It took 2 years 2 months and 5 days to complete. It took over 300 workers to build the tower, and only 1 death occurred and it was not related to the building of the Eiffel Tower. The tower weighs 10,000 metric tons and has 1,710 stairs.
About the architect
Did you ever wonder who the architect behind the tower was? Let me give you some interesting facts about him. His name was Gustave Eiffel, he was born on December 15, 1832. He died on December 27, 1923 he was 91 years old. He began to build the Eiffel Tower in 1887 and finished in 1889. Gustave Eiffel was also one of the architects for the Statue of Liberty.
Celebrition of the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower was built to celebrate many things. The most important was to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the French Revolution. It was also constructed for the 1889 Paris exposition but they did not finish the tower before the Paris exposition that started on May 6, 1889. It was also built to demonstrate France's industrial prowess to the world.
How the Eiffel Tower affected the people in France
How you ever wondered how the Eiffel Tower affected the people in France? Some people were worried about the safety of the workmen, but as stated before there was only one death while building the Eiffel Tower and it was not work related. It motivated many leaders in France because they wanted to improve the quality of Paris and France. 47 protesters protested against the building of the Eiffel Tower because they doubted the design could actually be brought to reality. Now the people of France believe that the monument brings Paris to life.
Visiting the Eiffel Tower
Have you ever wanted to visit the Eiffel Tower? Here are some fun facts you might want to know before you go to the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid monument in the world. In 2011 6.99 million people visited the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower has two levels, you can visit each one. If you feel like getting a workout this is the place to go. The Eiffel Tower has 1,710 steps. It takes approximately 23 minutes to walk the top level of the tower. Tickets for the Eiffel Tower starts around $39. Not a bad price to see a beautiful monument.
Admiring the Eiffel Tower
Here a few reasons why people admire the Eiffel Tower. In 1889 it was the tallest building in the world. It was the first public radio broadcast in Europe. It was also once used as a military command center. Gustave Eiffel, the towers designer, climbed its 1,710 steps and unfurled a french tricolor flag from its pinnacle. It is one of the most beautiful structures in the world.
1889 Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world
The Eiffel Tower was used for the first radio broadcast
Eiffel Tower was used for a military command post
A beautiful monument
The Eiffel Tower stands for victory for France in the French Revolution. Have you ever thought what would be the icon of France if they had lost the French Revolution? And would they still have the Paris exposition?