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.
TheÂ Eiffel TowerÂ (French:Â La Tour Eiffel,Â [tuÊ ÉfÉl]) is anÂ iron lattice towerÂ located on theÂ Champ de MarsÂ inÂ Paris. It was named after the engineerÂ Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to theÂ 1889 World’s Fair, it has become both aÂ global cultural iconÂ ofÂ FranceÂ and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.Â The tower is theÂ tallest structure in ParisÂ and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.98 million people ascended it in 2011.Â The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.
The Statue of Liberty (âLiberty Enlightening the Worldâ) is a 225-ton, steel-reinforced copper female figure, 151 ft 1 in. (46.05 m) in height, facing the ocean from Liberty Island1Â in New York Harbor. The right hand holds aloft a torch, and the left hand carries a tablet upon which is inscribed: âJuly IV MDCCLXXVI.â
The statue was designed byÂ FredĂ©ric Auguste BartholdiÂ of Alsace as a gift to the United States from the people ofÂ FranceÂ to memorialize the alliance of the two countries in theÂ American RevolutionÂ and their abiding friendship. The French people contributed the $250,000 cost.
The 150-foot pedestal was designed byÂ Richard M. HuntÂ and built by Gen. Charles P. Stone, both Americans. It contains steel underpinnings designed byÂ Alexander EiffelÂ of France to support the statue. The $270,000 cost was borne by popular subscription in this country.Â President Grover ClevelandÂ 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. Â Read more »