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Guinness World Records had previously rejected the model because it was made up of the wrong types of matches

Modeling enthusiast Richard Plauds 7.19m Eiffel Tower made of matches on display in Saujon, France.  — Reuters/File
Model enthusiast Richard Plaud’s 7.19-meter Eiffel Tower made of matches on display in Saujon, France. — Reuters/File

A 7.19m model of the Eiffel Tower has been officially declared the world’s tallest building made of matches, after being disqualified by Guinness World Records a day earlier. BBC reported.

Earlier this week, the tower was disqualified for being made from the wrong type of matches. However, the day after his rejection, GWR said it was too harsh at first and congratulated modeling enthusiast Richard Plaud on his record.

Plaud, 47, said this week had been an “emotional roller coaster”.

It took him eight years to build his masterpiece tower using 706,900 matches and 23 kg of glue. At first he cut off the red sulfur tips on commercial matches, but found it a tedious process.

After contacting the manufacturer, he received kilograms of ordinary wooden matches and proceeded to make the model.

Richard Plaud, the Frenchman who built a model of the Eiffel Tower from 706,900 matches, poses next to the 7.19m structure in Saujon, France, January 7, 2024. — Reuters
Richard Plaud, the Frenchman who built a model of the Eiffel Tower from 706,900 matches, poses next to the 7.19m structure in Saujon, France, January 7, 2024. — Reuters

Plaud, who is from Montpellier-de-Médillan in western France, completed the tower on December 27 and approached the GWR to confirm the authenticity of his work, which was rejected because only “commercially available” matches are eligible to break the record.

However, the organization has since changed its position.

Mark Mckinley of Guinness World Records said the organization was “really excited to approve it”.

“We’re happy to admit that we were a bit too strict about the type of matches required in this trial, and Richard’s trial is officially incredible,” he added.

Plaud hopes to put his tower on display in Paris for the Olympics in July.

The previous world record was held by Toufic Daher of Lebanon, who built the 6.53-meter Eiffel Tower in 2009.

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