Finally Seen Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

We finally visited Paris, France and saw one of the magnificent engineering works of all times, the Eiffel Tower. It is a great experience seeing for the first time this great structure that had stand up for than a century now since it was built. We went there last Saturday and had a twenty four hours trip. It is not enough time to see all of Paris but at least we were able to see most of the interesting sightseeing there. truly a great experience!
this is the photo I took last Saturday by my Canon Powershot camera..this photo is original and was not edited.

The structure was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World's Fair marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. Eiffel originally planned to build the tower in Barcelona, for the Universal Exposition of 1888, but those responsible at the Barcelona city hall thought it was a strange and expensive construction, which did not fit into the design of the city. After the refusal of the Consistory of Barcelona, Eiffel submitted his draft to those responsible for the Universal Exhibition in Paris, where he would build his tower a year later, in 1889. The tower was inaugurated on 31 March 1889, and opened on 6 May. Three hundred workers joined together 18,038 pieces of puddled iron (a very pure form of structural iron), using two and a half million rivets, in a structural design by Maurice Koechlin. The risk of accident was great, for unlike modern skyscrapers the tower is an open frame without any intermediate floors except the two platforms. However, because Eiffel took safety precautions, including the use of movable stagings, guard-rails and screens, only one man died.

Eiffel Tower Construction view: girders at the first story

The tower was met with much criticism from the public when it was built, with many calling it an eyesore. Newspapers of the day were filled with angry letters from the arts community of Paris. One is quoted extensively in William Watson's US Government Printing Office publication of 1892 Paris Universal Exposition: Civil Engineering, Public Works, and Architecture. “And during twenty years we shall see, stretching over the entire city, still thrilling with the genius of so many centuries, we shall see stretching out like a black blot the odious shadow of the odious column built up of riveted iron plates.” Signers of this letter included Messonier, Gounod, Garnier, Gerome, Bougeureau, and Dumas.

Novelist Guy de Maupassant — who claimed to hate the tower — supposedly ate lunch in the Tower's restaurant every day. When asked why, he answered that it was the one place in Paris where one could not see the structure. Today, the Tower is widely considered to be a striking piece of structural art.

One of the great Hollywood movie clichés is that the view from a Parisian window always includes the tower. In reality, since zoning restrictions limit the height of most buildings in Paris to 7 stories, only a very few of the taller buildings have a clear view of the tower.

Eiffel had a permit for the tower to stand for 20 years, meaning it would have had to be dismantled in 1909, when its ownership would revert to the City of Paris. The City had planned to tear it down (part of the original contest rules for designing a tower was that it could be easily demolished) but as the tower proved valuable for communication purposes, it was allowed to remain after the expiration of the permit. The military used it to dispatch Parisian taxis to the front line during the First Battle of the Marne, and it therefore became a victory statue of that battle. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiffel_Tower


Josh of Arabia said...

to my globetrotter friend, kmsta po!

wow paris, and eiffel this time! txs for the trivia :D

whew!..from an eyesore to a striking piece..i had one good frame of that in my phil bedroom :D

il b there (in my dreams)

Euronics said...

Hello dear Brother AJ..ok pa ako sa olright...bz sa lakwatsa..salamat po sa bisita..will visit you soon...ingat!!

Mhmgs.com said...

Great information about Eiffel tower, one of the great wonders of the world!

odith adikusuma said...

Paris with Eiffel Tower is one of the interesting site, i ever visited.. I Love Paris

Planet Odith

expatudon08 said...

travel the world i made my own little trip a few years back and ended up in Thailand udon thani issan great little place

Euronics said...

hi mhmgs..i believe you..its truly and amazing work of art!!

Hi Odith..i love paris too..wish to visit there and spend more days..

Hello Udon..i believed thailand is also a great palce l in asia like philippines...will visit thailand soon...take care!