WATCH OUT: Eiffel Tower sways in the wind!
- May 29, 2013, 19:14 PM IST
Eiffel Tower, the pride of France is indeed one of the most mesmerizing tourist locations in the world. The magnificence it oozes is to be felt while standing beneath the towering giant. Apart from the magnitude, it also emancipates class. Beneath the full moon, stands tall the Eiffel tower adored with sparkling lights and an air of love surrounding one of the most romantic destinations in the world.
The world is quite familiar with the persona of the Eiffel Tower; we bring to you some of the least known facts about it.
-Eiffel Tower sways in wind and 12 cm from it’s original place was recorded.
-The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 starting from 1887 and ending in 1889 to celebrate centenary year of French Revolution
-Eiffel Tower also known as “La dame de fer” (the iron lady)
-Named after Gustave Eiffel’s
-The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII of England, inaugurated the tower on March 31, 1889.
-A fair “The 1889 Exposition Universelle” exhibited here and it was the main symbol and also the entrance of the fair.
-It was the world’s tallest building from 1889 to 1930.
-Gustave Eiffel’s selected engineers Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier, and architect Stephen Sauvestre to built this monument within 2 years
-Tremendous Controversy among french people aroused about unscrupulous spent of money.
-It is painted every 7 years with 50 tons of colours
-East and south legs straightforward resting on 2 mtrs concrete slabs.
But other two legs are more complicated as those are nearer to river
-Each slab needed two piles installed by using compressed-air caissons 15 meters long and 6 meters in diameter driven to a depth of 22 miters to support the concrete slabs, which were 6 miters thick.
-Each of these slabs supported a block built of limestone each with an inclined top to bear a supporting shoe for the ironwork. Each shoe was anchored into the stonework by a pair of bolts 10 cm in diameter and 7.5 meters long.
-The Eiffel Tower is more than 300 miters high. Its weighs is about 7300 tons. The base of Eiffel Tower is 412 sq. ft wide. It has 1665 steps and three platforms or floors. There are lifts to carry people to the highest.
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