European Heritage Days
Thursday 31 July 2008
Modified the 04/05/18
The Eiffel Tower will once again celebrate European historical heritage, during a this weekend in September, extending an invitation to all those curious Jules Verne fans who would like to visit the historical elevator machinery.
Free access - East Pillar - Open to the public from 10am to 7pm.
The Eiffel Tower opens its doors to the machinery room of the historic elevators for the occasion of the 25th edition of European Heritage Days, September 20 and 21, 2008.
For this exceptional weekend, all those curious enough to enter into the belly of the Tower are invited to discover this extraordinary world reminiscent of Jules Verne.
A true technical feat for the period, rarely before had such constraints and heights with such heavy loads ever been undertaken. The hydraulic elevators of the Eiffel Tower are located in the East and West pillars of the monument, which offered as early as 1899 an opportunity to hundreds of thousands of visitors to climb the 116 meters from the ground floor to the heights of the monument overlooking Paris in total safety.
This machinery has been carefully maintained, modernized in 1986, and still in operation today. What could be a better testimony to the amazing visionary that Gustave Eiffel was in his day with the construction of the Tower.
5,000 km/year :
Average distance each elevator travels per year
Average number of trips each elevator makes per day
22 tons :
The weight of the elevators when at full capacity
2 meters/second :
The speed at which they travel