The eiffel tower can be quickly restored to the original light color

The eiffel tower may not look like this much longer.


Many Parisians hated the Eiffel Tower when it was first built in 1889. Though it seems impossible now, the sentiment is perhaps more credible when you consider that the monument was originally painted red.

In the 129 year history, the eiffel tower has 19 different paint jobs. And at the monument undergoes the 20th painting, and later this year, the Ministry of Culture and the City of Paris, will decide whether the current subdued metal color will continue to exist, or if there is something else in its place.

“We will have to rediscover and revive these old colors, as we do when we restore an old painting,” a specialist from the ministry told Le Parisien. “This gives some food for thought or nuance of the current tone.”

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According to Gustave Eiffel, the French engineer and architect, the original red color made it easier to protect the structure from rust. But since its construction, the tower was painted ochre, yellow and different shades of brown. There was once an ombre paint effect that disappeared when the tower that reached the sky.

It takes 60 tons of paint to cover Paris, the Iron Lady, in which color the ministry selects, according to The Local. Painting will begin in October and is likely to be the last three years as part of a longer project. In the next 15 years, the eiffel tower will undergo a $369 million (€300 million) renovation, including the installation of a bulletproof glass wall around the monument.

This article originally appeared on the Travel + Leisure.

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