On the 31st of March, in the year of 1889, the most beautiful monument of the world was completed. Yes we are talking about none other than the Eiffel Tower. This stunning structure stands tall in the vibrant city of Paris. It is known as the crown jewel of France. It is this structure that attracts thousands of tourist from all around the world. People also call it one of world’s architectural wonders. It was the tallest man made structure for almost 40 years.
The magnificent beauty was built to celebrate to honor the 100th anniversary of French resolution. It celebrates the end of a dictatorship and welcomes democracy with open arms. All the French men wanted to remember this milestone by doing something different and unique. They wanted France to stand out to the world.
Many architects and engineers submitted their designs, but only Gustavo Eiffel’s design was selected. His design was chosen as it is at the perfect height from where one could conduct experiments associated with temperature, air pressure or radio telegraphy. The actual reason behind Eiffel Tower being built was that people wanted to use it as a radio transmission tower.
At one point in time, this iron lady was world’s biggest billboard. Between the years of 1925- 1936, there were more than a quarter million bulbs that were put on the three sides of the tower, which spelled Citroen, a French automobile company. The lights were so bright that they could be seen from 20 miles away.
The construction the Eiffel Tower was a tedious task. There were a lot of disputes between the designer Eiffel and his acquaintances. After a lot of discussion, the final structure involved about 2.5 million fasteners and about 18,000 pieces of iron. Wrought kind of iron was used for constructing this beauty. The tower stood at a height of 10,000 feet. More than five hundred workers were involved in making the Eiffel Tower. It took them about 2 years to put together the framework of this enormous landmark.
Earlier, Paraisians had a very bad thought about this now symbol of love. They all hated the tower. They felt that the tower was destroying not only French art and history but also way beyond the taste of French. They said that even the commercial minded American’s did not want the black factory chimney.
And today the Eiffel Tower is recognized as the most important landmark of France. It is not only a landmark, but also a permanent member of Paris’s skyline. It is because of this tower, Paris tourism drastically increased. Now it is known as the love tower, which couples from all around the world want to visit. Paris is now known as one of the most romantic places in the world. All thanks to the Eiffel Tower.
This is the glamorous story behind this iconic tower. If you have never visited this lovely place, then it should be on top of your bucket list now.