France’s iconic Eiffel Tower already stands out against the Paris skyline, but now the landmark has grown even taller thanks to a new update
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the eiffel tower hitting new heights this month – or more specifically, a height of 1,083 feet thanks to a recent growth spurt.
The French landmark has grown for the fourth time in its 133-year history, this time by an additional 20 feet.
It’s actually all thanks to a brand new antenna attached to the top of the tower that was helicoptered into its new location just a few days ago.
It is not the first time that the tower has been modified and thus “grown” since it first became part of the Parisian landscape in 1889. According to the attraction’s official Twitter page, there are three other instances where its height has been changed.
Having originally measured 300 m (984 ft), it grew to 1,023 ft in the same year, 1052 ft in 1957 and 1,063 ft in 2000.
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It’s not just additions to the tower that can make it bigger.
In fact, the structure reportedly gets taller every summer as temperatures rise. Due to thermal expansion, the summer heat waves can cause the tower’s volume to increase, which means the Eiffel Tower will technically rise a few inches taller.
The new antenna isn’t the only revision the tower will receive over the next few years. In fact it is Gold for the 2024 Olympic Games thanks to a fresh coat of yellow and brown tones to give it that overall golden hue. (In fact, it’s reportedly the color Gustave Eiffel originally wanted when he built the tower).
That said Patrick Branco Ruivo, director of the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel France info last year: “It will give a more golden hue to the Eiffel Tower at the time of the Olympic Games. There will be [the tower] a bit of rejuvenation”.
The Eiffel Tower has been repainted 18 times since it was built, a project that will take time considering there is approximately 250,000 square meters of space to be painted.
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The most famous of French landmarks, before the pandemic, around seven million visitors flocked to the famous building every year to make the most of its different floors, which offer unparalleled views of Paris.
Learn more at toureiffel.paris/en.
France vacation are back on the cards for Brits this summer as the country welcomes vaccinated British holidaymakers without having to quarantine or take a Covid test before travelling. (You must sign an affidavit before visiting).
The popular holiday destination actually recently eased local Covid restrictions including scrapping mandatory face masks and requiring Covid vaccination cards to access certain venues such as restaurants and museums.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/europe/eiffel-tower-grows-fourth-time-26503414 The Eiffel Tower grows for the fourth time in its 133-year history, reaching an additional 20 feet