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Eiffel Tower History

Why was Eiffel Tower built?
The Eiffel Tower was built as a theme structure for an international exhibition held in Paris in 1889. When the exhibition was closed, the nearby buildings were removed, but Eiffel Tower that was supposed to be dismantled was left untouched due to the usefulness of it in radio transmission.

Who built the Eiffel Tower?

The Eiffel tower was built by the engineering firm of Gustave Eiffel, Eiffel et Cie, a company well established in metallic construction projects. Eiffel designed the tower along with Engineers Émile Nouguier and Maurice Koechlin. The patents covering the tower were filed jointly by Eiffel, Nouguier, and Koechlin – the latter two eventually sold their rights to Eiffel in exchange for a percentage of the revenue generated by the tower.

Inspite of many transformations over the past 100+ years, the company still survives today, still under the same name Eiffel specializing in complex steel construction work and engineering. Eiffel’s company designed and built the interior frame of the Statue of Liberty. The current Eiffel company was the builder of the amazing Viaduc de Millau bridge.

How long did it take to construct the Eiffel tower?
Construction was started on January 26, 1887 and was completed on March 31, 1889. It took two years, two months, and five days.

How much did it cost to construct the Eiffel Tower?
At the time of construction in 1887, it took 8,000,000 Francs to construct Eiffel Tower. In today’s value (using cost of Gold as a metric) it would cost about $54 Million US dollars.

Was anyone killed during the construction of the Eiffel Tower?
The answer is both Yes and No. Yes, because one person person was killed during the construction. No, because it wasn’t during the working hours and not work related.

Was the Eiffel Tower the tallest building at the time of construction?
Yes, Eiffel Tower was the tallest building when it was constructed and remained to be the tallest building until 1930 when Chrysler Building in New York City, United States was deliberately built to surpass Eiffel Tower’s height.

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