When in Paris, there is no way around for you to miss or ignore the main symbol of the French capital – the Eiffel Tower. We walked around trying to capture as much Paris, as our camera can fit in, and at the end of the day the most spectacular shots were the ones with the Tour Eiffel in them. Therefore, we decided that we need to highlight how truly exceptional Eiffel Tower is! We picked some of our favorite angles of this amazing building together with the most interesting facts about it and now we want to share it with you, Dear Reader. Prepare, our journey around the Eiffel begins!
Angle No. 1: The Temporary One
The Eiffel Tower was built for the Paris Exposition in 1889, and it should have been standing there only temporarily. According to the primary plan, it had to be torn down almost 20 years later in 1907, but since it started to serve as a wireless telegraph transmitter, it was allowed to stay.
Angle No. 2: The Most Visited One
Turns out, that the Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid monument in the world! Approximately 7 million people climb up to the top of the tower every year.
Angle No. 3: The Survived One
During World War II, when Germany occupied France, Hitler ordered to tear down the Eiffel Tower. However, not only the order was never followed through, but also the French fighters cut off the cables of the tower’s elevators and, in order to hoist their flag, Nazi’s had to climb to the top by foot. All 1665 steps!
Angle No. 4: The Married One
In 2008 a former soldier Erika LaBrie married the Eiffel Tower and in honor of her partner, she changed her name into Erika La Tour Eiffel. And they are living happily ever after!
Angle No. 5: The Busy One
All the lifts of the tower combined ride a 103 000 kilometers distance per year. It is the same distance as to travel two and a half times around the globe!
Angle No. 6: The Sold One
A man named Victor Lustig pretended to be a government official and tried to sell the Eiffel Tower for the scrap metal company. And he did this twice – two separate times!
Angle No. 7: The Replicated One
There are more than 30 Eiffel Tower replicas in the world. Among the most famous of them are the ones in Las Vegas and Macau. Chinese even tried to replicate the whole Paris around their Eiffel Tower, however city construction failed and know it is left as an abandoned ghost town. Though, it looks like a really extraordinary place to visit!