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Eiffel Tower Skating Rink ..

On the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, 57 metres above ground, an ice skating rink will soon appear. Since 2004, visitors to the iconic tourist attraction have been able to practice their skating while admiring one of the best views in the world.

Gustave Eiffel probably didn't have a skating rink in mind when he designed the 324 metre tower more than a century ago. In fact, the tower, built for the 1889 World's Fair, was designed to be easily dismantled as it was only supposed to be a temporary structure. Imagine Paris without the Eiffle Tower!!

Admission and skate rentals are free after paying the normal Eiffel Tower entry fee. The skating rink is open from December 15th, 2011 to January 31st, 2012. Be prepared for long queues if you intend to go as about 1,000 people a day enjoy this unique skating experience.

Ten Fascinating Facts About the Eiffel Tower
From www.buzzle.com

1. Erection of the Eiffel Tower took 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days from start to finish.

2. Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was the main architect and he also created the internal frame of the Statue of Liberty in 1885.

3. The Eiffel Tower was made using 18038 pieces of puddle iron, the highest quality wrought iron.

4. Approximately 60 tons of paint is reqired to paint the Eiffel Tower.

5. The Eiffel Tower is painted every 7 years in 3 shades of brown (darkest shade at the bottom) and even today painting the Eiffel Tower is done using brushes.

6. During gusty winds, the Eiffel Tower sways up to 15 cms at its summit.

7. The names of 72 prominent French scientists and famous personalities are affixed on the sides of Eiffel Tower just beneath the first platform, 18 names per side.

8. There was only one death during the construction period of the Eiffel Tower, that too outside working hours and not work related.

9. The Eiffel Tower was to be dismantled and the metal sold as scrap 20 years after it was constructed, but luckily, this didn't happened.

10. Over 200 million people have visited the Eiffel Tower.