Eiffel Tower – A French Eyesore

By | Mar 31, 2017

On March 31, 1889 the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated. It opened a little over a month later on May 6th. The tower is named for its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel.

It took two years to built the tower and was used as the entry arch for the 1889 World’s Fair that marked the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. In 1889 the structure was the world’s tallest tower. It remained the tallest until 1930 when New York City’s Chrysler Building was completed.

On the sides of the tower under the first balcony 72 names are engraved. Gustave Eiffel had these names of French scientists, engineers and other notable people engraved in recognition. For most of the 20th century these names were covered with paint and were reestablished in 1986.

The official tower Web site lists 243,376,000 visitors to the tower as of December 31, 2008.

The Eiffel Tower was originally only suppose to stand for 20 years. One of the requirements of its design was that it could easily be disassembled in 1909 when it was to be turned over to the City of Paris. However with the advent of modern wireless communications it remained standing.

Today the tower is considered a piece of structural art and a valuable asset of Paris. This was not always so and during the last part of the 19th century many considered it an eyesore and were waiting for the 20 years to expire.



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