Friday, August 24, 2007

Eiffel Tower count down history 1996-1993


Refurbishing of the 1st floor

On the first floor of the Tower, the Pavillon Ferrié, wich houses a shop, a post office, a buffet and windows displays, was entirely refurbished. The brasserie on the same level also underwent full conversion. Its decoration by Slavik & Loup was inspired by the theme of airships and gave priority to views over Paris. The brasserie was given the name ''Altitude 95'', a reference to air navigation indicating its position 95 metres above sea level.



17th Painting Campaign

The Eiffel Tower underwent its 17th painting campaign since it was built. Every 7 years, some 25 workers climb up the Tower to apply the 60 tonnes of paint needed to ensure its maintenance. The paint is designed to preserve the building's iron and steel struvture. The current bronze colour was finally adopted 20 years ago after many variants were tested out, from reddish-brown to yellow ochre.


An indian on the Eiffel Tower

''Un indien dans la ville'', a French film by Hervé Palud featuring actors Thierry Lhermitte and Patrick Timsit, was released. In the film, the hero of an amazing adventure brings back to Paris a son of his, who was brought up in a remote village of Amazonia. The little boy, called Mimi-Siku and performed by Ludwig Briand, plays truant, venturing out alone in Paris to end up climbing the Eiffel Tower. The film met with great success and was later given a remake in the United States.



The 150 Millionth visitor

On Monday 30th August at 5.51 p.m., the Eiffel Tower hosted its 150 millionth visitor. The lucky person was a 33-year-old policwoman, Jacqueline Martinez. To her amazement, she was greeted with the sounds of an orchestra playing Charles Trenet's ''La Tour Eiffel''. Showered with gifts, she drove away from the Eiffel Tower at the wheel of a brand new car.

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