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6. It immediately became a hit
The World’s Fair that took place in 1889 turned out a hugely successful event, thanks in large part to its impressive entrance. During the event, almost two million visitors attended the new tower spending about $1.4 million on tickets, which made that year’s Fair a profitable one – and very few could boast this fact.
7. The tower was planned to be there for only 20 years
Surprisingly, now beloved monument wasn’t meant to occupy its place constantly, as it was supposed to be a temporary building planned to be demounted in 1909. But then an idea appeared that its top looked ideally suitable for a telegraph antenna. So the tower stayed, and in 1914, during the Great War, its unwired transmitter jammed the enemy’s messages.
8. The Eiffel Tower can move
The tower’s main architect and head of project, Eiffel, was a true expert in the study of air motion, and even released a scientific work on that topic in 1913. Together with his colleagues he constructed a tower that would maintain the toughest winds, swaying 11,5 centimeters at most.
9. It hosted a few very strange events
The elegant tower has had a couple of adrenaline seekers – for instance, monsieur Labric was arrested after having a bicycle ride down the tower’s stairs in 1923 (by the way, he later became the head of perhaps the most famous Paris’ arrondissement) – and some excessively passionate worshipers, such as a lady who decided to marry the Eiffel Tower in 2007. Having objectophilia, Erika even switched her family name to La Tour Eiffel.
10. The tower is covered with a new coat of paint once in seven years
There is an entire organization operating and maintaining the Eiffel Tower, with over 300 employees providing all kinds of services, including excursions and security, working at the local restaurants, stores, mail department, etc. This utility is called SETE, or La Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, and one of its responsibilities is renewing the monument by covering it with sixty tones of fresh paint.