14K Yellow Gold Eiffel Tower Necklace Charm
"Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality." The Eiffel Tower, one of the most visited attractions in Paris - nay, the world - welcoming almost seven million visitors per year. Since its opening on March 31, 1889 more than 250 million people have visited the tower.
The tower was the world’s tallest man-made structure for 41 years until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930. Its construction took two years, two months and five days - 180 years fewer than Paris's other great attraction, Notre Dame.
It is 324 metres tall (including antennas) (1062 Feet) and weighs 10,100 tonnes.
It was the tallest structure in France until the construction of a military transmitter in the town of Saissac in 1973. The Millau Viaduct, completed in 2004, is also taller, at 343 metres (141 Feet).
It is possible to climb to the top, but there are 1,665 steps. Most people take the lift. It costs €19 to take the lift to the top. The lifts travel a combined distance of 103,000 km (64,001 Miles) a year – two and a half times the circumference of the Earth.
Victor Lustig, a con artist, "sold" the tower for scrap metal on two separate occasions.
The cold weather makes the tower shrinks by about six inches in the winter.
The tower sways around six to seven centimetres (2-3 inches) in the wind.
Gustave Eiffel, the engineer and architect behind the tower, was also involved in a disastrous attempt by the French to build a canal in Panama, and his reputation was badly damaged by the failure of the venture. Eiffel also designed interior elements of the Statue of Liberty.Gustave Eiffel kept a small apartment of the third floor for entertaining friends. It is now open to the public.
The names of 72 engineers, scientists and mathematicians are engraved on the side of the tower, each of whom contributed to its construction.The tower comprises 18,000 metallic parts, joined together by 2.5 million rivets.There are 20,000 lightbulbs used on the Eiffel Tower to make it sparkle every night.
At the time of the German occupation, the tower's lift cables were cut, and the tower closed to the public. Nazi soldiers then attempted to attach a swastika to the top, but it was so large it blew away and had to be replaced with a smaller one.
In 1944, as the Allies approached Paris, Hitler ordered Dietrich von Choltitz, the military governor of Paris, to demolish the tower, along with other parts of the city. The general refused.
Repainting the tower, which happens every seven years, requires 60 tonnes of paint.
The tower was the main exhibit at the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair), held to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution.
One attendee at the 1889 World's Fair was Sir John Bickerstaffe, Mayor of Blackpool. So impressed was he at the new attraction, he has a similar tower built on the English seafront.19. The tower appears in the 1985 Bond film A View to a Kill. There is a scene in the Jules Verne restaurant, and a fight in the stairway.
Semolina Pilchard climbs the Eiffel Tower in the Beatles song I Am the Walrus.
To mark the 125th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower’s completion the British Virgin Islands launched a special tower-shaped $10 coin.
Weight: 1.44 G
Metal: 14k Yellow Gold
Length: 26.5 mm (1.04 inches)
Width: 8 mm (0.3 inches)