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Fondly called La dame de fer, this iron lady stands 324 meters tall (+/- 15 cm depending on temperature) and is painted every 7 years in 3 shades of brown (darkest shade at the bottom). The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World Fair which also coincided with the centenary of the French Revolution. Construction began in January 26, 1887. Completed in March 31, 1889.

La Tour Eiffel
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 18mm | 1/320s @ f/5.6 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Eiffel Tower detail
Nikon D200 | Nikon 18-200mm VR @ 32mm | 1/750s @ f/8 | ISO 200 | Handheld

Principal designer/contractor: Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923)
Principal architect: Stephen Sauvestre (1847-1919)
Main engineers: Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier

The construction of the Eiffel Tower took 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days from start to finish. Material used for the Tower is wrought iron (puddle iron) of the highest quality. A total of 18038 pieces (9441 tons of wrought iron) were joined together by 2,500,000 rivets. Total weight of Eiffel Tower is 10,000 tons, with 7,300 tons being metal.

The city of Paris owns the Tower and leases it on a renewable contract to a firm called the Societe d’exploitation de la Tour Eiffel.

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