10 things you didn't know about the Eiffel Tower
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10 things you didn't know about the Eiffel Tower( Francois Mori / Associated Press )
The paint is wet.
Or at least some of it is.
Twenty-five workers began brushwork in March on a top-to-bottom repainting job thats expected to take 18 months. When done, they will have applied 60 tons of paint in three shades of brown (darkest at the bottom, lightest at the top).
The tower needs repainting every seven years, and it hasnt always been brown.
For a brief spell in 1899, the tower was painted ochre yellow. And from 1954 to 1961, it was brownish red, a bit like the Golden Gate Bridge.