Eiffel Tower (Paris)

FROM The man in the front seat / June 24, 2013

Location:
Paris,  France

Construction begun:
1887

Construction finished:
889

Opened:
31 March 1889

Contractor:
Compagnie des Etablissements Eiffel

Engineer:
Gustave Eiffel / Maurice Koechlin / Émile Nouguier

Architect:
Stephen Sauvestre

Purpose:
Built for the World Fair of 1889 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution

Total Height:
24m (1063ft), equivalent to an 81 storey building

Foundations:
4 x 2m (6ft) x 6m (20ft) thick concrete slabs
N.B. – the two foundations closest to the river are supported on 2 piles measuring 6m (20ft) wide x 15m (72ft) deep

Pieces:
18,038

Rivets:
2.5 million

On-site Workers:
300

On-site Deaths
1

Visitors:
7.1 million each year (250 millionth visitor in 2010)

Records:
Tallest building in the world from 1889-1930 with the building of the Chrysler Building in New York City
Today, second highest building in France after the Millau Viaduct

Eiffel Tower (Paris)
Paris. Eiffel Tower
Paris. Eiffel Tower - stages of construction
Eiffel Tower Foundations.
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