Tourism in France is slowly seeing the light of day as workers are preparing for the reopening of the Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel). This is the iconic landmarks longest closure amid the nationwide virus lockdown, since
World War II.
What was the connection of the Eiffel Tower to World War II?
?The Eiffel Tower was a strategic player during World War II.
?The French cut the lift cables to hinder the Nazi plans to use the tower as a propaganda tool.
?In 1944, when Hitler was about to lose Paris to the Allied forces, he ordered the whole city to be demolished, including the Tower.
?Thankfully, the military governor in charge did not follow through with this command!
Eiffel Tower – Historical Facts:
?The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower situated on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France.
?It took 2 years, 2 months & 5 days to build & was ready in 1889.
?It stands tall at 324m (from base to tip) & weighs 10,000 tonnes!
?It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
?Cold weather can make the tower shrink by up to 6 inches.
?Eiffel (a renowned expert on aerodynamics) & his team designed the Tower to withstand even the strongest winds, & never sway more than 4.5 inches.
?There are about 5 billion lights on the Eiffel Tower!
?It also has the nickname ‘La Dame de Fer’ which means the ‘Iron Lady’.
Did You Know?
?? The Eiffel Tower was meant to be a temporary installation as the main exhibit of 1889 World’s Fair
(to commemorate 100 years of the French Revolution) & was to be demolished in 20 years.
?? It was ultimately never taken down because an antenna was built at the top of the Tower to conduct wireless signals.
?? The Eiffel Tower is still used today to beam radio and TV broadcasts around the world.