In 1895 Wembley become home to London's own short lived, Eiffel Tower. During a trip to France in 1889, Sir Edward Watkin, Chairman of the Metropolitan Railway, became greatly impressed with the newly built Eiffel Tower, and wanted to build an even taller tower on land he owned in Wembley Park. Sir Watkin wanted Gustave Eiffel, the engineer behind the Eiffel Tower, to build the Wembley Tower, ...
3D Dirigible number 6 of Santos-Dumont near Eiffel Tower - 1901.
Alberto Santos-Dumont was an important early pioneer of aviation.
Although he was born, grew up, and died in Brazil, his contributions to aviation were made while he was living in France.
On October 19, 1901 he won the Deutsch de la Meurthe prize of 100,000 francs for flying his dirigible Number 6 fro...
Reduced copy of the Eiffel Tower (60 m high) built in 1891 on the occasion of the Jubilee Exhibition. 299 steps lead up to the top platform. In March 2002 the Tower was opened again to the public after a wide reconstruction.
Key numbers for the records :
- Length: 2,460 m
- Width: 32 m
- Maximum height: 343 m, i.e. 20 m higher than the Eiffel Tower
- Slope: 3.015%, rising north-south in the direction Clermont-Ferrand – Béziers
- Curvature: 20 km
- Height of the tallest pier (P2): 245 m
- Height of the pylons: 87 m
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