By Peter McLaren-Kennedy •
Published: 18 Mar 2022 • 22:40
The Eiffel Tower has grown by six metres
Source; Eiffel Tower
When most of us are getting shorter, one old lady has bucked the trend as the Eiffel Tower grows by six metres (19.69 ft). How you might ask, well that’s a very good questions and one that is easily answered.
On Tuesday March 15th a new digital radio antenna was attached to the top of the Paris monument, raising the height of the steel structure to 330 metres.
The new antenna, a DAB+ (digital audio) was airlifted onto its peak by helicopter, in a delicate operation on a rainy and grey winter’s day.
The wrought iron tower was for four long decades the highest man made structure in the work, that is until the Chrysler Building in New York City was opened in 1929. Prior to the erection of the Eiffel Tower the record was held by the Washington monument at a time when the USA was leading the world in the development of skyscrapers.
Today the middle and Far East have overtaken the USA building modern structures way in excess of the records held by these structures.
Today the record for the tallest structure according to the Guinness Book of Records goes to the Magnolia Extended Tension Leg Platform in the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 1,432 m (4,698 ft) from the seabed to the top of the floating platform.
On land that title goes to the Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower) in Dubai which measures 828 m (2,716 ft 6 in) tall.
Despite long losing its title as the tallest man made structure, the Eiffel Tower remains one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world standing proud over the City of Paris.
The replacement of the antenna is not the first, with the height of the structure changing numerous times as ageing antennas were replaced.
The replacement of the antenna was shown on live TV, taking just ten minutes for the Eiffel Tower to grow by six metres.
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Originally from South Africa, Peter is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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