It is not only the representation of today’s technical art but also the icon of a revolutionary century, the century of science and industry. What we are living.
This phrase by Gustave Eiffel describes very well the essence of one of the most visited monuments in the world, the symbol of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We are talking about the Eiffel Tower, this metal structure that dominates and dominates the Parisian landscape and, let’s say it, is a popular destination for many travelers.
We see some peculiarities of this important monument that has a singular history and has always been at the center of the attention of the Parisians.
Let’s start with the name. Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel is the engineer-architect who is responsible for the design of the technology used and the design. Eiffel was an entrepreneur specialized in metal structures and also contributed to the realization of the internal support of the Statue of Liberty. In fact, even other engineers Koechlin, Nouguier and especially Stephen Sauvestr played an important role in the design and design of this structure, but Gustave Eiffel patented this structure which then took its name.
Some numbers. They are 312 meters high and, when it was built, no other building in the world had reached this size. The Eiffel Tower maintained its record of the world’s tallest building until 1930 when it was overtaken by the Chrysler Building in Manhattan and N.Y’s Empire State Building.
It took two years two months and five days for its realization. 300 workers were employed and the photographer Edouard Durandelle will document all the phases of its construction.
The Eiffel Tower was created as a memorial to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French revolution in the context of the 1889 World Exhibition, but it would have to be demolished after 20 years.
The criticism of this structure was very strong before, during and after its construction.
Guy de Maupassant, hated the sight of this structure and yet, every day, dine in the restaurant that was at its base because, he said, “this is the only place in the city from which I can not see it.”
But in the end the tourists and many Parisians became attached to this structure which they lovingly called “iron asparagus“. Its useful utility then was decisive to avert its demolition in fact, the antenna placed at the top of the tower, allowed to have excellent radio transmissions.
Climbing the top of the tower is a tiring experience (there are 1665 steps to climb) but it is also exciting because the view of the city is truly extraordinary. However, comfortable lifts have simplified the ascent.
There are 6.5 million people every year that this monument has become an icon of architecture of all time.
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