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Themed files

Are you interested in a particular topic about the Tower or its creator? Don’t hesitate to view our themed files: they contain everything you have always wanted to know about the Tower, and much more…

  • Origins and Construction of the Eiffel Tower

    The project to build a tower 300 metres high was conceived during preparations for the Universal Exposition of 1889. The frame started to be erected on the 1st of July 1887 and was completed 21 months later.

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  • The Eiffel Tower during the 1889 Exposition Universelle

    The tenth universal exposition was organised in Paris in 1889, to run from the 15th of May to the 6th of November; it was on this occasion that the Eiffel Tower was built.

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  • Debate and Controversy Surrounding the Eiffel Tower

    Following the publication of various pamphlets and articles during the year 1886, construction was barely underway when, on the 14th of February 1887, the artists’ protest began.

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  • The Eiffel Tower Laboratory

    At the end of his building contractor’s career, Eiffel continued to lead an active life, occupied with scientific research.

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  • Glossary

    Unsure of a term ? Do you want to impress your friends around the dinner table ? Consult our lexicon of technical terms for everything you need to know about the jargon relating to the Tower.

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  • The Eiffel Tower and the History of Broadcasting

    Eiffel strongly encouraged research into radio broadcasting, suggesting use of the Tower as a monumental antenna.

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  • Sparkling Moments in the History of the Eiffel Tower

    Through constant renewal of sources of artificial lighting, the Tower has always taken advantage of the latest innovations in terms of lighting.

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  • The Eiffel Tower’s Lifts

    From the opening of the Tower in 1889, visitors have been able to reach the monument’s different levels by taking lifts, a true technical feat for the time.

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  • Painting the Eiffel Tower

    Built in wrought iron, the Tower is protected from oxidation by several layers of paint, to ensure its durability.

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  • Art and the Eiffel Tower

    Although the Tower was a huge attraction in 1889, in the 1920s it became a symbol of modernity which inspired poets, film directors, photographers and numerous painters.

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  • The first floor of the Eiffel Tower

    Following 125 years of continual change, discover what the 1st floor used to be before its complete renovation in 2014.

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