Earlier today we posted the facts about the Eiffel Tower.
Built in 1889 by French engineers, using French steel and rivets, nothing was supplied by Germany and it cost around $1.5 million dollars back then.
The¬†Eiffel Tower¬†(French:¬†La Tour Eiffel,¬†[tu Ā …õf…õl]) is an¬†iron lattice tower¬†located on the¬†Champ de Mars¬†in¬†Paris. It was named after the engineer¬†Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the¬†1889 World’s Fair, it has become both a¬†global cultural icon¬†of¬†France¬†and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.¬†The tower is the¬†tallest structure in Paris¬†and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.98 million people ascended it in 2011.¬†The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.
Before we go any further we also need some facts about the Statue of Liberty.
The Statue of Liberty (‚ÄúLiberty Enlightening the World‚ÄĚ) is a 225-ton, steel-reinforced copper female figure, 151 ft 1 in. (46.05 m) in height, facing the ocean from Liberty Island1¬†in New York Harbor. The right hand holds aloft a torch, and the left hand carries a tablet upon which is inscribed: ‚ÄúJuly IV MDCCLXXVI.‚ÄĚ
The statue was designed by¬†Fred√©ric Auguste Bartholdi¬†of Alsace as a gift to the United States from the people of¬†France¬†to memorialize the alliance of the two countries in the¬†American Revolution¬†and their abiding friendship. The French people contributed the $250,000 cost.
The 150-foot pedestal was designed by¬†Richard M. Hunt¬†and built by Gen. Charles P. Stone, both Americans. It contains steel underpinnings designed by¬†Alexander Eiffel¬†of France to support the statue. The $270,000 cost was borne by popular subscription in this country.¬†President Grover Cleveland¬†accepted the statue for the United States on Oct. 28, 1886.
The Statue of Liberty was designated a National Monument in 1924 and a World Heritage Site in 1984. ¬† Read more »