PARIS

Unbelievable facts about Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower was a temporary installation for the 1889 World Fair, held at Paris to commemorate 100 years of the French Revolution.

In 1944, when Hitler was about to lose Paris to the Allied forces, he ordered his troops to demolish the Eiffel Tower. Thankfully his officers didn't follow through.

Eiffel Tower has been repainted 18 times till now. Advanced tools are not used - it is painted with a paintbrush and a bucket. Every repaint requires 60 tonnes of paint.

Every night, the Eiffel Tower sparkles for five minutes at the beginning of each hour, till 1 am.

An American named Erika Aya married Eiffel Tower in 2007. She had a condition called Paraphilia, in which people develop feelings for inanimate objects.

During winter, the Eiffel Tower shrinks by about six inches. And when it is windy, it sways seven to eight inches.

Before Mr Eiffel's company built the massive Tower in Paris, they worked on the internal metal frame for the Statue of Liberty.

Gustave Eiffel built a private apartment for himself at the top of the Eiffel Tower. It is now open to the public.

First floor of Eiffel Tower has a small post office. Tourists can mail their friends and relatives (sometimes themselves!) cute postcards.

The top floor of the Eiffel Tower has a champagne bar. A glass of bubbly goes exceptionally well with spectacular views of Paris.

The Eiffel Tower gets more than 7 million visitors annually. It is the most visited paid attraction in the world.