We take the opportunity of this post to continue sharing with you unusual information. Here are 5 original information about the Eiffel Tower, this beautiful iron lady, symbol of France and built in 1889 for the World’s Fair in Paris:
1. During winter, the Eiffel Tower shrinks from 4 to 8 centimeters. When temperatures rise, it returns to its original size. During hot weather, the expansion of the metal causes the monument to move, with a record inclination of 18 cm in 1976.
2. Franz Reichelt, a Frenchman of Austrian origin, died on February 4, 1912 while jumping from the first floor of the Eiffel Tower to test a parachute he had made.
3. Before having its current color (brown), the Eiffel Tower was first painted in red, then yellow, then blue…
4. There is a chimney at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Few people notice it behind the western pillar and yet it has been there for 123 years! This red brick turret, hidden in a park between a few shrubs, dates back to the time of the creation of the tower, i.e. 1887. Its function was purely industrial and not decorative as it was connected to the engine room located under the southern pillar.
5. It is forbidden to broadcast an picture of the Eiffel Tower illuminated at night. Indeed, the illuminations are a work protected by intellectual property laws.