How much does it cost to maintain the Eiffel Tower?

How much does it cost to maintain the Eiffel Tower?

This renowned edifice has 220 000 m2 of surfaces that must be maintained and repainted on a regular basis (7 300 tons of structural metal and 18 000 metal parts held together by 2 500 000 rivets). Some of these surfaces are quite difficult to access. The job cost a total of 20 million francs in budget. Actually, the tower costs more to maintain than it does to build.

Its construction began in 1889 for 100 million francs (at the time, this was a huge amount of money) and is still not finished. The original plan was to finish it in five years at a cost of 250 million more francs, but this deadline was never met.

The main problem is that the tower is made of iron and iron rusts. To prevent this from happening, the site it's built on is covered in gravel and clay so the ground around it isn't able to reach the temperature required for steel to melt or boil. The tower is also wrapped in foil to protect it from ultraviolet radiation and painted with non-toxic materials. The paint job needs to be done about every ten years because old paint falls off under its own weight.

The keepers work between one and three hours a day depending on the season, taking care of small tasks such as washing the windows or sweeping the floor. They use hand tools because they don't have enough power for heavy machinery. The annual maintenance budget is about $1.5 million.

How many rivets hold the Eiffel Tower together?

2.5 million rivets are used in the construction of the Eiffel Tower.

The number of rivets used in the construction of the Eiffel Tower is 2,500,000. This makes it the largest metal structure in the world by volume of metal used. It is also the largest single piece of metal sculpture in the world.

The tower was built as a gift to the city of Paris by the French industrialist and inventor, Antonin Eiffel. It was opened to the public on January 13th, 1889. The tower is 87 meters high and its diameter at the base is 30 meters. It has three levels, each surrounded by an open air platform with stairs leading up to it. On the first level are restaurants and shops, while on the second level are viewing galleries where one can see out over Paris. The third level is closed off so that only people standing in certain designated areas can see the sky above Paris.

Each floor contains more than 8,000 square meters of glass surface. The entire tower weighs about 7,700 tons. That's about 15 Boeing 747s loaded down with metal.

How many pieces did it take to build the Eiffel Tower?

In a nutshell, the Tower was built using 18,038 metal pieces, 5,300 workshop drawings, 50 engineers and draughtsmen, 150 employees at the Levallois-Perret plant, 150 to 300 laborers on the building site, 2,500,000 rivets, 7,300 tonnes of iron, and 60 tonnes of paint. The total weight is about 2 million kg.

The story behind this number is interesting too. The Eiffel Tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel and it took him ten years to complete. During that time he had to work on other projects for his company and so they employed more people than needed to build the tower. When the tower was completed, more workers were hired to dismantle it! The project made such an impression that when France wanted to celebrate its Universal Exhibition in 1889, they decided to build a replica of the Eiffel Tower. This new tower was also made out of steel and it was 340 feet (105 m) high. Today, this second Eiffel Tower stands in Paris along with the original which still draws millions of visitors each year.

People often wonder how much it costs to build a tower like the Eiffel Tower. The truth is that we don't know exactly because the Eiffel Company kept those details secret. But we do know that it must have been expensive because the company was bankrupt after only four years of operation.

How was the Eiffel Tower funded?

The total cost of the project was 6.5 million Swiss francs (approximately EUR20 million today). The state contributed 1.5 million francs, with the remainder to be paid for by the monument's operations during the fair and over the next 20 years. In actuality, the majority of the funding was recovered through ticket sales.

The tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel and was built by SNCF. Work began in 1868 and was completed in 1889. The opening ceremony was held on 14 july 1890, the day before the first Paris World's Fair opened.

During the First World War, the tower was used as a radio station by the French army. After the war, it became clear that money would not be enough to pay for its maintenance, so in 1929 permission was given for it to be open to the public free of charge. This is when it really started to make money.

By this time, the Eiffel Tower was becoming very popular with tourists, so in 1969 it was decided to start charging people to go up in the elevator. This seems like a bad idea now, but at the time it was done for financial reasons - to reduce losses due to visitors going upstairs who then didn't buy anything else in the museum area. But even with charges applied, there were still too many people going up the elevator each hour so in 1978 it was decided to limit the number of people allowed up per hour.

How much paint is on the Eiffel Tower?

The Eiffel Tower is scheduled to be repainted in October, a labor-intensive project that will take three years and 60 tons of paint to finish. The current paint job was done as a temporary measure after the original color was found to be deteriorating due to weather conditions.

When it was first built in 1889 it was painted red, white, and blue, the standard colors for French buildings at the time. However, over time this color has been found to be fading due to rain and wind causing iron oxide to scrape off the tower. So in 1994 it was repainted black with silver stars where the original color used to be.

The new color scheme was chosen by popular vote among several other proposals such as yellow, green, and orange. The black and silver color combination is said to be a nice compromise between modern and traditional styles. In addition, each floor of the tower will now have a different color so visitors can see exactly how much paint is on their favorite piece of architecture.

The project will cost about $1.5 million and will not affect its structural integrity. It is estimated that the paint job will last around seven years before it needs to be refreshed.

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Anthony Nixon

Anthony Nixon is an expert in building and construction. He has been working in these fields for many years, and knows all about how they work and how they should be taken care of. He loves what he does, and it shows in his work - every project he completes is done to the highest standards with pride.

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