Constructing the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is located on the Left Bank in the heart of Paris. It has become the symbol of
France and is visited by about 7 million people every year.
The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 Paris Exposition and was not intended to be permanent.
It took 300 workers only two years to construct the tower. During that
time, only one worker died during the construction, thanks to safety
precautions insisted upon by the architects.
The tower is 1,050 feet tall and for 41 years after it was built, was the
tallest structure in the world. There are 1655 steps from the ground level
to the top.
The weight of the metal parts of the structure is 7,300 tons. Over 18,000
iron parts were used in the tower’s construction, including an estimated
2,500,000 steel rivets.
The Eiffel Tower was going to be demolished in 1909, but was saved because it was repurposed as a giant radio antenna.
The Eiffel Tower was originally intended for Barcelona, Spain, but the project was rejected.