Before going through the Eiffel Tower history, you must know why Eiffel Tower was constructed. The Eiffel Tower was constructed as a theme structure for an exposition held in Paris in the year 1889. The Eiffel Tower was supposed to be built in Barcelona, but the Barcelonian government thought the construction would be expensive and rejected the proposal. Well, the French are lucky to have the most romantic attraction of the world.
Now, the Eiffel Tower history
Gustave Eiffel, a French Engineer and expert in metallic structures was the brain behind the creation of the Eiffel Tower. Émile
Gustave Eiffel – Eiffel Tower History
Nouguier and Maurice Koechlin are the key persons behind the planning and designing of the Eiffel Tower. The patents covering the tower were filed jointly by Eiffel, Nouguier, and Koechlin – the latter two eventually sold their rights to Eiffel in exchange for a percentage of the revenue generated by the tower. The outstanding structure was built by 300 labor workers and there was just one mishap during the construction in which one worker died. Construction was started on January 26, 1887 and was completed on March 31, 1889. On 6th of May, the Eiffel Tower was opened to the public. It took two years, two months, and five days to complete the construction.
Right from the beginning of the construction the Eiffel Tower and Gustave Eiffel received many criticisms. When the exposition was closed, all the nearby buildings were removed. Eiffel Tower which was supposed to be demolished was left untouched due to the usefulness of it in radio transmission and communication. When building the tower, Eiffel wanted to build it wind resistant and hence it was built purely on mathematical calculation. The Tower got its name from its creator Gustave Eiffel.
The tower stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. Because of the addition, in 1957, of the antenna atop the Eiffel Tower, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building. Not including broadcast antennas, it is the second-tallest structure in France, after the Millau Viaduct.
· The Eiffel Tower is made of iron and weighs around 10000 tonnes.
· Around 50 tonnes of paint are added to the Eiffel Tower every 7 years to protect it from rust.
· Despite its height, the Eiffel Tower was designed to be wind resistant, swaying only a few inches in the wind. It actually moves further when the iron on the sun facing side heats and expands, moving the top up to 7 inches (18 centimetres) away from the sun.
· Temperature also alters the height of the Eiffel Tower by up to 6 inches (15 centimetres).
· Millions of people climb the Eiffel Tower every year and it has had over 250 million visitors since its opening.
· Visitors can climb up stairs to the first two levels or take a lift which also has access to the third and highest level.
The Eiffel Tower history is very remarkable not just because of its aesthetic looks, but for the mathematical precision and accuracy it possess, even though it was built in the era when there was limited technology.
B. Why do people visit the Eiffel tower ?
I never visited the Eiffel tower, I’m very interested to go to Paris and visit the Eiffel Tower. Many people have visited the eiffel tower because :
· Because they find it beautiful
· Because they have seen it in pictures and film heard about it and its a very unusual building.
· Because they have a view of Paris and all its surroundings, as far as 80 km.
· Because that will give you something unforgettable to tell to your grandchildren.
C. Why the Eiffel tower was called “the romantic place”????
Do you really want to spend an unforgettable vacation and you do not know what is the best place where to go? Are you inlove and you want to enjoy a lovely experience together with your partner? Then you need to choose one of the best romantic places in the world. There are a lot of incredible romantic places where to delight yourself with majestic views and pleasant ambiances and with breathtaking panoramas.
Paris ??? It sounds great… It is a destination full of romantic places, filled with originality and creativity. It is the perfect place for romantics. Its structures and sites are absolutely gorgeous, especially its Eiffel Tower, which is an imposing landmark and one of the country’s symbols. For more than 100 years the slender and the bold structure continues to be a trully emblem of the capital of France. Initially considered like something horrible and useless, over the time, the Eiffel Tower became a truly amazing symbol of Paris, being the most visited touristic attraction, attracting million of tourists annually. It is almost impossible to visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Even if you are not tempted to see this wonderful and world famous monument you will see its top all over Paris. Who signed it into righteous indignation? Here are just a few names: Charles Gounod, Alexander Dumas, Leconte de Lisle, Sully Prudhomme, Guy de Maupassant … In short, a whole constellation of outstanding masters of culture – the pride of the French. They obviously fought for the existence of the Eiffel Tower!
I saw a film that was created by Kristina Cuneta, daughter of Sharon Cuneta. It was a short film about her stay in Paris and her schooling there. The film featured this magnificent tower. I can’t help myself to promise that one day I will be able to visit this place.