The main landmark of France, the Eiffel Tower, has not always been the same color as you see it today: brownish. In fact, it has seen some of the very different colors over the course of its long life since 1887!
Before all the parts were assembled in 1887, the iron parts of it were colored red. Yes the very first color of the Eiffel Tower was actually red, officially known as "Venetian Red".
As this construction was designed to last, it is made of wrought iron (do you know how much it weighs?) that, with protective coating and good care, can last forever. This is why its architect, Gustave Eiffel, set the schedule for the tower to be repainted every seven years. It was delayed only once, in 1917, when France tried to get a grip on the horrors of the World War 1.
Luckily, since then the Eiffel Tower was well kept and repainted every seven years. After 1968,
the color “Eiffel Tower Brown” was chosen for its harmony with the Parisian cityscape. It was applied in three shaded tones, with the darkest at the bottom and the lightest at the top. This technique is currently used to repaint the monument, with all paint being applied by hand over the course of 15 months.
Now, as you read about the true colors of the Eiffel Tower, wouldn't you want to visit it even more and see it with your own eyes? :) Luckily, it just reopened this month after the longest closure in its history due to the pandemic. Paris officials say that social distancing will be observed, few people will be allowed at once, and cleaning teams will clean all surfaces of contact every two hours so that tourists can again enjoy the iconic Paris landmark.