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Eiffel Tower Closes Again, This Time For A Workers’ Strike

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on December 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm
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As if the closing of the Eiffel Tower on December 8 due to a snow storm (4 inches of snow, according to this article) wasn’t a tough enough one for tourists in Paris to take, they now have to put up with a workers’ strike that has once again shut down the world-famous landmark. According to ABCNews, workers walked off the job on Wednesday, December 15, to protest the suspension of one their co-workers.

No details have been released, other than that the suspended worker is a supervisor and it was done as a precautionary measure. The tower was also closed in late September after a bomb threat was called in.

Some random facts about the Eiffel Tower:

  • It was built for the 1889 World Fair
  • It took 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days to build
  • One person died during its construction
  • It is 324 meters tall and at the time of completion was the tallest man-made structure on the planet
  • It held this distinction for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in NYC was built in 1930
  • It takes 60 tons of paint to cover (it’s painted every 7 years)
  • In clear weather, you can see up to 42 miles away

[Image: Al Ianni / Flickr]

Tags: Eiffel Tower, france, Paris, strike

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