Soon, the 2024 Summer Olympics are coming to Paris, and the Eiffel Tower will be in the spotlight.
Embedded so much into Paris's identity, the iconic landmark is no stranger to historic events and world-class gatherings over the years. It is sure to shine again.
Here are 7 fun facts about the Eiffel Tower. See how many you know...
1. It's Being Painted Gold
Eiffel Tower Goldfreesvg.org
Repainting is done about every seven years, per the official Eiffel Tower website, and the 20th edition is extra special: it's going gold. Previous paint is being stripped and gold paint is being used in a project that is slated to be completed by the start of the 2024 Summer Olympics. (Lonely Planet)
2. It Was Protested In Its Earliest Years: 'A Dark Ink Stain'
The Eiffel Tower on 1888-11-14 - Wikimedia Commonscommons.wikimedia.org
A series of prominent artists, poets and composers all came out against the Eiffel Tower in its earliest days, calling it ugly and saying it had no place in Paris. This drew a response from Gustave Eiffel himself, who found the Eiffel Tower comparable to the pyramids in Egypt, "a symbol of strength and overcoming adversity." (Tour Eiffel)
3. It Was The World's Tallest Structure For 41 Years
Low angle of The Eiffel Towerwww.flickr.com
From 1889 when it was constructed to 1930, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest man-made structure in the world. It was surpassed by the Chrysler Building in New York City. (Chaletcouleursde France)
4. It Will Serve As A Backdrop At The Olympics
Eiffel Tower Bridge | Bridge leading towards the Eiffel Towerwww.flickr.com
It will be hard to miss the Eiffel Tower during the Games, as it will be visible in the background of both triathlon and open water swimming events. (Travel + Leisure)
5. It Once Had A Theater, A Post Office + A Newsroom
Interior of Old Theatre, 1921 - Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org
A wooden structure that was designed by the Eiffel Tower's architect, the first-floor theater was replaced after the 1937 World's Fair. It also had a post office, a newsroom, and a radio station in earlier years. (Tour Eiffel)
6. It Was Originally Built For The World Fair
Eiffel Tower in 1914 - Wikimedia Commonscommons.wikimedia.org
The Eiffel Tower was one of the main attractions at the World's Fair in 1889, which commemorated 100 years since the French Revolution. It drew attention for its iron and steel construction, which was a great industrial achievement at the time. (All That's Interesting)
7. It Was Part Of A Flight Competition In The Early 1900s
File:Santos-Dumont flight around the Eiffel Tower - Wikimediacommons.wikimedia.org
There was a 100,000 francs prize for flying from a designated location to the Eiffel Tower and back within 30 minutes. This competition was won in an airship in 1901 by Brazilian pioneer aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. (APS)
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