Last Updated on 3rd July 2020 by Sophie Nadeau
Like it or loathe it, there’s no denying that the Eiffel Tower is one of the most enduring symbols of Paris, but of France as a whole. And while it’s no secret that I love both Paris and the Tour Eiffel (as it is so-called in French), not everyone feels this way. Here are some fun, unusual & fascinating facts about the Eiffel Tower!
#1 The Eiffel Tower was only ever meant to be temporary!
Paris is easily one of my favourite cities in the World, and I literally coudln’t imagine how the Parisian cityscape would look without the Tour Eiffel rising up above the glinting golden dome of Napoleon’s tomb, the arches of Notre Dame and the iconic pyramid of the Louvre!
Perhaps that is why it is all the more surprising that the Tour Eiffel was only ever meant to be a temporary! You see, the structure was constructed in 1889 for the world fair in Paris. The tower originally only had a twenty year lease but was kept as it was incredibly useful as an aerial!
#2 Guy Maupassant (the writer) famously detested the Eiffel Tower
One French author, Guy Maupassant, thought that the Eiffel Tower ruined Paris and was a horrible sight to see. However, he still sat and ate his lunch under the Dame de Fer without failure every single day. When asked why he did this, he replied that it was the only place in Paris where he did not have to see it rising up over the skyline.
#3 The Eiffel Tower can be seen from all over Paris!
One of the best places to view the Tour Eiffel is from Passerelle Debilly. It is a small arched pedestrian bridge to the east of Pont d’Iena, first opened for the World’s Fair in 1900. Of course, the views of the Tour Eiffel are to be spied all over the city, from the Seine to the Sacré Coeur. Check here for our guide
#4 The Eiffel Tower was originally intended to be for Spain!
The Tour Eiffel was originally intended for the city of Barcelona in Spain. However, the citizens of the city didn’t want it and so it was put up in Paris instead.
#5 There are over 1500 steps in the Eiffel Tower
There are 1665 steps to get to the top of the Tour Eiffel (luckily, there are also a number of elevators!)