Eiffel Tower Fast Facts – CNN

Nearly seven million people visit Eiffel Tower annually.

Since its opening, the tower has been visited by about 300 million people.

Designer Gustave Eiffel had a small apartment secluded at the top of the tower. In 2016, HomeAway built a second (temporary) apartment inside the tower. The firm ran a competition selecting four winners, who each spent one night in an apartment with five guests.

The names of 72 French scientists are on the four sides of the tower.

The premises are under video surveillance.

There is a security check before entry and visitors are required to reveal the contents of their bags.

At the foot of the south pillar is the police station.


1889- The tower opens during the World Exhibition, a fair dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. It was the tallest structure in the world until 1930, when the Chrysler Building opened in New York.

1981-1982 – Completed two phases of refurbishment with new facilities including conference room, post office and cinema room.

1985- Golden Lighting lighting system introduced with 336 spotlights and yellow-orange lamps.

December 31, 1999 – The debut of a sparkling light show to mark the new millennium. The lights flicker every night for five minutes every hour until 1 am. Originally scheduled as a temporary show, the light show becomes permanent due to popular demand.

October 2014 – A glass walkway opens to overlook the street 187 feet below.
September 20, 2015 – Security personnel notice three people climbing the tower. The climbers escape before the police arrive, and the tower is opened after being inspected by the emergency response team.
November 2015 – The tower is closed for two days after the attacks in Paris. When it reopens, it is lit up in the colors of the French flag.

January 13, 2017 – Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo announces a 300 million euro ($318 million) renovation of the tower that will take 15 years and will include improved security and reduced waiting times for visitors.

February 9, 2017 – It has been announced that two glass walls will be erected around the base of the Eiffel Tower. These walls will provide increased security and be more attractive than the current metal fencing.

September 18, 2017 – Construction begins with a three-metre-high glass fence around the north-south viewpoint of the tower. The glass is 65 millimeters thick, bulletproof and very transparent.

June 20, 2018 – The tower’s official website reports that the new glass wall ready to unfold.
May 20, 2019 – The tower is closed and evacuated after a man was seen climbing the wall. The situation lasts just over seven hours before the climber is caught.

May 21, 2019 – Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo announces a plan to turn the passage connecting the Trocadero to the tower into a “green corridor” for pedestrians by 2024. It will be the largest public green area in the city.

March 13, 2020 – The tower is closed to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
June 25, 2020 – The tower is reopening with restrictions due to the pandemic.

October 30, 2020 – The tower is closed to the public due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.

July 16, 2021 – The tower is reopening after more than eight months with new pandemic-related restrictions. This is the longest closure of the monument since World War II.


Original designers: Gustave Eiffel, Maurice Cochlin, Emile Nouguier, Stephen Sauvestre.

50 engineers and designers developed 5300 draft designs.

The tower was built from 18,038 individual metal parts.


Height: 330 meters (1083 feet)

Metal frame weight: 7300 tons of iron

Total weight: 10,100 tons

The tower is repainted every seven years with 60 metric tons of paint.

1665 steps lead to the top of the tower.

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