The Eiffel tower is one of the most epic icons in the world located in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company had designed and built the tower (1887-1889).
It stood as the tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years (i.e. 1889 – 1930) until the Chrysler Building in New York City was finished in 1930. Its soothing bright lights in the evenings make it a wonderful sight to witness.
Here are some facts that make up the story of the Eiffel tower:
Why was the Eiffel Tower Built?
There are numerous historical reasons why this huge structure was built. The most well-known and the true reason is that it was first designed as a centerpiece for 1889 Exposition Universelle, a world’s fair to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution.
The French people and officials desired to remember the 100 years anniversary of abolishing dictatorship and welcoming in democracy by doing something divergent for their country.
Many design ideas were proposed in the 1889 World’s Fair to build a new and beautiful building to commemorate the anniversary. Among them, the design of the Eiffel Tower was also produced by Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier, two senior engineers working for the Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel (Alexandre Gustave’s Company) and their design was selected as the winner. Although, it was opposed by many people initially.
Constructed in 1887-1889, the reason it was built because of the promising nature of its design. Its height allowed for practical experiments related to air pressure, temperature and radio telegraphy.
The major reason behind its construction was it could be used as a radio transmission tower.
Designing and Construction of the Eiffel tower:
Building the epic Eiffel Tower involved enormous effort from the Eiffel with his companions; Maurice Koechlin (a structural expert) and Émile Nouguier. After much debate, the final design was ready. It consists of 18,000 pieces of puddled iron, a sort of wrought iron used in construction, and 2.5 million rivets. More than 500 workers were engaged for 2 years to assemble the framework of this epic tower. In the end, it stood at a height of 324 meters (1,063 ft) and was the tallest building in the world (from 1889 to 930).
What is the Eiffel Tower Today?
Today, the Eiffel Tower is now the most-visited paid monument in France. It has become the most iconic landmark in the Paris. Most of Paris’ revenue is achieved by tourism regulated towards visiting the Eiffel Tower.
A visit to the Eiffel Tower is something that will summon into your mind for the rest of your life!