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生日快乐!埃菲尔铁塔今年126岁啦!

2015-03-31    来源:网络    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Happy 126th birthday, Eiffel Tower!
生日快乐!埃菲尔铁塔今年126岁啦!

在电影中有不少镜头都有这座象征浪漫的巴黎标志性建筑,今天是埃菲尔铁塔126岁的生日哟~但是你真的了解这座备受争议的建筑么?据说,著名作家莫泊桑就是因为对埃菲尔铁塔感到不满而选择离开了巴黎呢!

126 years ago, the Eiffel Tower opened its doors to the public for the first time. The enormous metallic structure is now a globally recognized, iconic piece of architecture.

但是你真正了解这个象征浪漫的巴黎标志性建筑么?

But how much do you really know about the giant hunk of metal? Aside from the fact that it is incredibly tall, probably not much.

So today, on its 126th birthday, we thought it would be the perfect occasion to consider the interesting, and at times quirky, history of this amazing landmark:

Construction on the tower began on January 26, 1887, and took two years, two months, and five days to complete.

The tower was initially only supposed to stand for 20 years.

Painting the tower required 60 tons of paint (and still needs a fresh coat every seven years).

It is named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the Statue of Liberty.

Many artists and architects in Paris had protested the construction of the tower, and even wrote a petition against it.

The Eiffel Tower shrinks. Seriously, it's been measured. In the winter it is approximately four to eight inches shorter.

Welcoming around 7 million visitors each year, it's the most visited monument in the world that have to pay for. (The Empire State Building only draws around 3.5 million visitors each year.)(原文来自新华社)



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