The Tower EIFFEL

Kuwait
March 5, 2007 6:41am CST
who was the builder of eiffel tower? and how much wealth was expended on it to build? How manys it took to complete it? How many workers were working daily? I'm in the need of these informations, do you?
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
5 Mar 07
I found the following information by doing a search on Yahoo: Vital Statistics: Location: Paris, France Completion Date: 1889 Cost: $1.5 million Height: 986 feet Materials: Wrought iron Engineer(s): Gustave Eiffel The Eiffel Tower, built in commemoration of the French Revolution, was the tallest building in the world when it was unveiled at the Paris World's Fair in 1889. Although it has been surpassed in height by nearly a dozen skyscrapers since then, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel's chocolate-brown, 984-foot open-lattice wrought-iron tower remains one of the world's premiere tourist attractions. Before the Tower's construction, critics called Eiffel's design an eyesore and predicted that the Tower would cost too much to build. Eiffel knew better. His crew assembled the 18,000 pieces of iron in just 21 months, under budget and in time for the fair's opening day. With the completion of the Tower, Eiffel earned the nickname "magician of iron." Eiffel was one of the first engineers to recognize the importance of wind forces on tall structures. He designed the surface of his Tower to be so minimal that the wind has virtually nothing to grab onto. All pieces of the Tower form an open lattice of light trusses through which the wind can blow. The Eiffel Tower was one of the first tall structures in the world to contain passenger elevators, and tourists loved them. Elevator ticket sales in the Eiffel Tower regained almost the entire cost of the structure -- in just one year! Fast Facts: The Eiffel Tower is repainted every seven years -- with 50 tons of dark brown paint. Since it was unveiled at the Paris World's Fair in 1889, more than 167 million people have visited the Eiffel Tower. The names of 72 French scientists and other famous individuals are permanently affixed to the sides of the tower in 60-centimeter letters just beneath the first platform, with 18 names per side. Counting from the ground, there are 347 steps to the first level, 674 steps to the second level, and 1,710 steps to the small platform on the top of the tower. On a clear day, it is possible to see 42 miles in every direction from the top of the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is twice as tall as the Washington Monument and weighs 70,000 tons less! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/wonder/structure/eiffel_tower.html