The Blackpool Tower is not a faithful reproduction of the Eiffel Tower in a number of ways: it is nearly half the height of the Eiffel (158 m [518.4 ft] compared to 324 m [1,063 ft]), it is not freestanding, and the base incorporates a series of buildings that house its various attractions. However, it does share some similarities with its French predecessor: both are illuminated at night, both were built as world's fair structures, and both are known for their elegant design.
The Blackpool Tower was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 4 November 1963. It was designed by Sir John Burnet with architectural collaboration from Alfred Waterhouse and Henry Holiday. The tower cost £750,000 to construct ($1.5 million today) and at the time it was considered to be one of the most innovative buildings in Europe. The interior features several shops and restaurants on different levels connected by an elevator caboose system. There are also two large observation decks, one at each end of the tower. Visitors can enjoy views across the town and beyond.
In 1994, Blackpool Tower became a registered charity called "The Blackpool Tower Charity". Since then, its management has been transferred to a committee made up of members of the family who own it. Members include the children of the late James Burton, who developed many popular entertainment facilities in Blackpool including the International Bowl and Ballroom.
With a height of over 320 meters and a weight of 10,100 tons, the Eiffel Tower serves as both a landmark, recognized across the globe as the symbol of Paris, and a magnificent example of material construction, characteristics, and performance. It is the most visible element of a worldwide phenomenon called Le Tour de France, which has been ridden by over 200 people from 25 countries.
The tower was built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World's Fair. He intended it to be a monument to the achievements of modern technology, designed to outdo other famous monuments such as the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls. The Eiffel Tower is now one of the most popular attractions in Paris and has become a world-class icon for engineering and design.
In June 2017, the Eiffel Tower announced that starting in 2018 it will begin requiring all visitors 12 years of age or older to wear face coverings when entering the attraction through the elevator up to the top. This new policy is recommended for health reasons in order to prevent spreading COVID-19 infection. The company stated that this is not a ban on facial expressions, but rather an effort to ensure that only one person at a time enters the elevator cage by asking everyone to wait their turn. The staff will give instructions in several languages including English, German, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, and French.
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There is already an Eiffel Tower in central Paris, but a larger, higher tower may symbolise the expansion of Bourbon County's courthouse. The new skyscraper will be erected in the shadow of another iconic Parisian structure: the world's highest three-story building. The location is at the intersection of Eighth and Main. It will be called the "Tower Records Store" and the first floor will house a music shop.
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in France and has been the inspiration for many other tall buildings. In Paris itself, there are more than 50 meter high skyscrapers! However, nobody would call this city with these tall buildings for miles around a capital. Instead, it's just another big city with busy streets, hasty drivers, and expensive prices. If you look up on any map of Paris, you'll see that it is not well placed for traffic flow either by land or by air. The Arc de Triomphe is a few blocks away, but it is a huge military memorial so most people will want to go see that instead.
Bourbon County was founded in 1776 as part of Virginia and is now located in the center of Kentucky. At the time it was built, this courthouse was the highest in all of Kentucky (it still holds the record today).
The Eiffel Tower stands 320 meters (1050 feet) tall and was the highest man-made building in the world for 41 years before being overtaken by New York's Chrysler Building. The Eiffel Tower is constructed of iron and weighs around 10,000 tonnes. It is named after its inventor, Alexandre Étienne François Boisselier de Brancard.
Fact #2: The Tower has been featured in several movies including the first Indiana Jones film where it served as Dr. Jones' office. In the movie, it is called the AT&T Building and is shown in San Francisco. Later on in the series, when Dr. Jones returns to India, he once again uses the Eiffel Tower as an office building named after himself (although this time it is used as a temple).
Fact #3: The Eiffel Tower is popular all over the world with tourists visiting every year from every country in the world. In 1987, more than 50 million people visited the Tower!
Fact #4: The Tower was built for the World's Fair in Paris but did not open until five years later in 1890. During its construction, a large number of workers died. Originally, the Eiffel Tower was supposed to be even taller but due to budget constraints it could only be built up to 100 m (330 ft).