‘La Tour Eiffel’ and the shock of the lightning

 

Source: Daily Mail

 

 
 
 
Suggestion: Listen to ‘The Shock of the Lightning’ (by Oasis) while enjoying the following post, or afterwards, it is a great tune anyway.

 

This remarkable shot of a forked lightning bolt streaking through the sky behind the 1,063ft iron tower was ­captured by amateur photo­grapher ­Bertrand Kulik.

 

The 31-year-old from Paris – which is known as the City of Light – said: ‘The weather was dry and the sky appeared to be completely clear, but suddenly it started to thunder.

 

‘I quickly grabbed my ­camera and put it on a tripod by the window in the hope I could get an action picture – but I never thought I would get such a ­magnificent shot.’

 

Paris. Bolt of lightning strikes the Eiffel Tower. Photograph by Bertrand Kulik

 

 

Located on the Champ of Mars, ‘La Tour Eiffel‘ was designed by Gustave Eiffel and built in 1889. It is 324 metres tall, but has only 3 floors.  

 

 

What you didn’t know about the Eiffe Tower…

 

  • Its construction lasted 2 years, 2 months and 5 days.
  • It was originally built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, which was to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.
  • It has 18,000 metallic parts joined by 2’500,000 rivets.

 

For more facts and figures, visit Eiffel-Tower.com.

Photograph by eiffel-tower.com

September 1st, 2011.

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