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One of the most iconic buildings in the world is the Eiffel Tower, a well-known symbol of France. It’s a highly impressive building, not just for its size but also for its history.
1. There are 20,000 light bulbs adorning the Eiffel Tower, 5,000 to a side. They sparkle for five minutes each hour every night. But don’t take a picture: it’s technically illegal to publish night time photos of the tower without permission from the Société Nouvelle d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel(SNTE).
2. The Eiffel Tower was designed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. It took two years, two months, and five days to build.
3. In the Battle of the Marne during World War I, the Eiffel Tower was used to send out signals to the front line of troops.
4. Due to temperature changes and humidity, the height of the Eiffel Tower can vary by up to 5.9 inches.
5. When Hitler visited Paris during World War II, citizens cut the cables on the lifts so that he would have to walk if he wanted to reach the top of the tower.
6. Originally, the tower was built for the 1889 Paris Exposition and was not supposed to be permanent.
7. Not only did Gustave Eiffel design the tower, he also added a private apartment for himself at the top.
8. There have been 349 successful suicides on the tower since it first opened. Some were jumpers, while others hanged themselves from beams.
9. The Eiffel tower is a huge structure, big enough that the paint alone weighs as much as 10 elephants.