The Eiffel Tower – Parisian survivor

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Photo: Roberto Taddeo (Source: Flickr, cc-licenced)

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Photo: Roberto Taddeo (Source: Flickr, cc-licenced)

The monument called The Eiffel Tower was hated. Plans to build the highest-of-the-world-to-be tower in the Champ de Mars neighborhood sparked immediate protests from prominent Parisians and the broad audience. The Eiffel Tower was completed for the 1889 Universal Exposition, just 7 days before the exhibition opened. The tower was a total hit among the Universal Exposition visitors and soon won the hearts of local public, too. Event the fiercest critics embraced the tower – eating in it´s 2nd floor restaurant called Jules Verne, the only place in Paris where they couldn´t see the monstrous construction.

The tower has been named after it´s architect Gustave Eiffel, but actually the idea of a very high iron tower came two engineers working for Gustave Eiffel´s workshop: Koechlin and Nougier. Today a small bust and a museum in the architects office remind tourists of the Gustave Eiffel´s and his team´s work.

During the construction 300 workers did their job every day week in-week out. They managed to get the construction of the tallest building in the world finished without single fatal accident. It took them 26 months to connect 15 000 cast-iron parts together with 2,5 million rivets.

Eifel Tower was not meant to last. What is the definite symbol of Paris today was destined to be demolished twenty years after the 1889 exhibition! What saved the to-be-landmark was spreading of radio transmission. Eifel Tower was set to serve as an antenna. The tallest building in the world at the time, situated right in the heart of the huge metropolis was perfect for the task and would remain in it´s place.


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