Eiffel Tower full of rust and in need of repair

The Eiffel Tower is world famous. It gets millions of tourists every year. However, it is getting old. It is 133 years old. Engineers found it is full of rust. They said it was "in a poor state". The tower needs many repairs. If it is not repaired, it might not be safe. Its designer, Gustave Eiffel, would be sad if he saw it today.

The Eiffel Tower opened in 1889. It was built for the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. It contains 10,100 tons of iron. It was built just for 20 years. The French government decided to keep it. The tower is being repainted for the 2024 Olympics. Engineers say new paint will not make the rust go away.