The Eiffel Tower is beautiful, but I wouldn’t want to paint it

The Eiffel Tower gets a new paint job on average of every 7 years and it takes 25 painters applying 60 tonnes of paint by hand to cover 250,000 square metres of the Paris landmark’s surface.

Painting the iron surface of the tower is vital to protect it from rust, pollution and pigeon droppings. The job takes about 18 months and costs as much as four million euros.

Over its history, the tower has changed colour several times. It started as red-brown then changd to yellow-ochre and chestnut brown before settling in to the bronze colour we know today.

Find out more on the Eiffel Tower’s official website.

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