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The Eiffel Tower is one of the most easily recognized structures in Paris, but it hasn't always been universally loved. Find out more Eiffel Tower Fun Facts, Eiffel Tower history

Eiffel Tower Gifts

French Bow Shorty Pajama Set, Light Blue French Bow Short Kimono Robe, Light Blue
Bedhead French Bow Shorty Pajama Set, Light Blue Bedhead French Bow Short Kimono Robe, Light Blue
Bedhead pajama set in "French Bow" print of ribbon-wrapped Eiffel tower. Notched collar; button front. Short sleeves. Patch pocket at left chest. Straight hem; side vents. Includes matching drawstring shorts. Pull-on style. Cotton knit. Bedhead kimono robe in "French Bow" print of ribbon-wrapped Eiffel Tower. Shawl collar; open front. Three-quarter kimono sleeves. Self-tie belt at natural waist. Front patch pockets. Mid-thigh length. Cotton/spandex.

 

Ceramic Skyline Trinket Dish Les Animaux Knob
Ceramic Skyline Trinket Dish Les Animaux Knob
Brooklyn-based Danielle Kroll is an artist, designer and Anthropologie art department alum. Her whimsical styles, inspired by her ever-growing personal collection of vintage memorabilia, will awaken your curiosity and enliven your day. Born in 1964, Nathalie Lete studied fashion design at the Art Applieque's Duperre and lithography at the Beaux Arts de Paris. Her paintings, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, books and toys are built upon a foundation of fantasy, humor and childhood memories. Hand-painted stoneware, chrome-plated iron

 

Eiffel Tower Christmas Ornament
Art Addiction Inc. Paris Skyline w/Eiffel Tower 5Piece Wall Art Set Eiffel Tower Christmas Ornament Parisian Scene Print
Indulge your inner Francophile with this stunning series of panels revealing Paris's celebrated skyline. Christmas ornament made of glass. 3"W x 3.25"D x 5.75"T. Made in Poland. L.A.-based photographer and designer Jennifer Chong has an eye for the aesthetically pleasing and a passion for documenting food and distant locales. Her imagery plays brilliantly with light and color to allow sun-drenched landscapes and delicate shadows to unfold in equal measure.

 

Fringe Travel Labels Paperweight Luminarc Skylines Glassware Collection Fringe J'Adore Paperweight
Declare your love for jetsetting with Fringe's decoupage paperweight. Get an urban edge with the interplay of iconic international city motifs in the Luminarc Skylines glassware collection. Declare your love for the City of Light with Fringe's decoupage paperweight.

 

Chapman Black 8
Michael Aram Molten Frost 4" x 6" Frame Bernardaud Paris Monuments Votive icon Ralph Lauren  Chapman Black 8" x 10" Frame
Welded by hand, this striking frame mixes matte and smooth textures to uniquely frame a favorite photo. Bernardaud Paris Monuments Votive, 4"W x 2.75"H, Porcelain Frame crafted of supple alligator-embossed leather. Silver-plated brass detailing around perimeter. Grosgrain backing with a single RL-engraved sliding tab closure. Easel stand.

 

Slide View: 1: Paris Vignettes Wallpaper
Martha Stewart Collection Steel Silver-Tone Bead Photo Album and Picture Frames Paris Vignettes Wallpaper Graham & Brown Kissing in Paris Wall Art
Delicate beading in silver-tone steel add an elegant touch to this photo album from the Martha Stewart Collection. Perfect for displaying your cherished photos with graceful style. Born in 1964, Nathalie Lete studied fashion design at the Art Applieque's Duperre and lithography at the Beaux Arts de Paris. Her paintings, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, books and toys are built upon a foundation of fantasy, humor and childhood memories. Bring a little romance to any room with the beautiful neutral palette of this engaging print. Enhanced by the iconic Eiffel Tower, this enchanting encounter brings a lovely large-scale focal point to a special space.

Eiffel Tower Fun Facts

  • Engineer/builder: Gustave Alexandre Eiffel who also helped build the Statue of Liberty

  • Height: 984 feet (1,051 feet with antenna addition for television transmission). When built, it was the worlds tallest structure. There are 3 platforms, 1,652 steps to climb to the top (there's also an elevator!).

  • Dates: Built 1887-1889 for the World's Fair in 1889 which celebrated the centennial of the French Revolution 1789-1799.

  • Construction: Cross-braced latticed girder for minimum wind resistance built of 7,000 tons of high quality wrought iron in 18,000 parts using 300 skyjacks and held together by 2.5 million rivets. It is one of the earliest examples of wrought iron construction of this magnitude.

  • Weight: 7,000 tons. It takes 52 tons of paint every seven years to repaint it.

  • Movement: the top never sways more than 4.5 inches even in the strongest winds, but the height can change 6 inches depending on the temperature.

  • View: On a very clear day you can see 42 miles from the 3rd platform.

  • Visitors: 6.9 million people visit the Eiffel tower each year.

  • Lights: In 1900 gaslights were replaced by electric lights. Since 1985, 352 sodium lamps have given it a yellow light at night. In 2003, 20,000 bright white lights were added which will shine 10 minutes every hour on the hour from sunset until after midnight. It took 70 tons of equipment, 26 miles of electrical wiring, and a team of 40 mountaineers, architects and engineers, fighting high winds, snowstorms, pigeons and even bats (information from the New York Times).

  • Ice skating: in 2005 an ice skating rink was opened for the first time.

  • Looking Good: Every 7 years she gets a paint job--66 tons of paint in signature Eiffel Tower brown, 55 tons of paint erode between paintings, 25 painters work on the project, 18 months to complete, 31 miles of climbing rope, 2009 estimate is $5.29 million (St Petersburg Times 4.1.09)

Eiffel Tower history

The bold and unusual design caused considerable controversy. Many Frenchmen were vocal in their disapproval, including the famous: Charles Garnier, architect of the Opera; Gounod, composer; and writers Francois Coppee, Leconte de Lisle, Dumas the Younger, Maupassant. Others, Apollinaire, Cocteau, Pissarro, Dufy, Utrillo, Seurat, Marquet were strongly in favor. It was nearly torn down in 1909, but it's use for French radio telegraphy saved it. In 1916 it became the terminal for the first radio telephone service across the Atlantic. A meteorological station, radio communications station (1918), television transmission antenna (1957) and a suite of rooms used by Eiffel are located near the top.

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