On March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower was dedicated in Paris in a ceremony presided over by Gustave Eiffel, the tower’s designer. In honor of the anniversary of it's opening, here are 5 crazy facts you might not know about the Eiffel Tower…
Hitler Ordered The Demolition Of The Tower In 1944, when Adolf Hitler was about to lose Paris to the Allies forces, he ordered his military general Dietrich von Choltitz to destroy the entire city of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower. Fortunately, Choltitz didn't agree with the order and instead later surrendered to the Allies. He is popularly now known as the Saviour of Paris, as he disobeyed Adolf Hitler's orders to destroy the city. He later asserted that his defiance of Hitler's direct order stemmed from its obvious military futility, his affection for the French capital's history and culture, and his belief that Hitler had by then become insane.
An American Woman Married the Eiffel Tower Mrs. Eiffel is not the wife of the late engineer who built the tower. It is actually an American named Erika Aya (or Erika Eiffel, as she prefers to be called) who actually married the Tower in a commitment ceremony in 2007! Ms. Eiffel suffers from paraphilia, which helps explain her odd obsession with a Paris landmark. Paraphilia is a medical condition where people can develop relationships with inanimate objects. Before the nuptials, she served in the United States Air Force and was a world-renowned competitive archer.
It’s Technically Illegal to Photograph The Eiffel Tower at Night
Every night, the Eiffel Tower lights up in what is called the Illumination Show. Naturally, anyone witnessing the beautiful spectacle is tempted to take a snapshot. But the government claims that the show is considered artwork, and therefore copyrighted. As such, anyone taking photos of the light display and posting it on social media can be fined.
The Repainting Of The Eiffel Tower Is Done By Hand
The Eiffel Tower has been repainted 18 times since it was built more than a century ago. In fact, its color has changed over the decades, going from reddish-brown when it was first erected to the bronze tone that we see today. Somewhere in between, the tower was even yellow in color. The tower's repainting follows stringent traditional tactics, which means no machinery is used when touch-ups are necessary. Instead, an old-fashioned paintbrush is used to repaint the tower as required.
It’s The Most Visited Paid Tourist Attraction In The World The Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid-for monument in the world, and welcomes almost seven million people a year. Located in the heart of Paris, the most romantic city in the world, the Eiffel Tower was also recently named the most popular spot in the world to take a selfie. A must-see for everyone who visits Paris, over 300 million visitors have visited the Tower since it opened to the public in 1889.