The Eiffel Tower was designed by the French engineer Gustave Eiffel. He was the owner of a big construction company in France. Initially, lead artists and intellectuals criticized the Tower due to its unusual architecture and design. However, nowadays it has become the most visited monument. This article will tell you a brief story of the Eiffel Tower, its construction, and its evolution.
Eiffel Tower: its origin and construction
There was a World Fair in 1889. To mark the event, the fair organizers were looking for something special to attract many people to the fair. The idea of creating a monument at the entrance to the Fair came to mind.
A tender was launched for the construction work. Several construction companies were asked to make a bid for the design of the entrance to the fair. Architects came up with all kinds of ideas. But the most striking one was the design made by Gustave Eiffel. So, the construction work began. The work lasted 2 years, from 1887 to 1889.
At that time, Gustave Eiffel was an engineer and the owner of the Eiffel construction company. At that time, tall buildings and monuments were almost unheard of in France. It was an amazing sight and a pride of a country to see any tall building.
When lead artists and intellectuals saw the tall metallic construction by Eiffel and his workmates, they criticized it. In fact, the Tower became the most striking conversation topic at that time. Even worse, the monument of 125m height is too tall, and yet, you have to climb so many stairs to reach its top! Lead artists, intellectuals, and citizens could not stop themselves criticizing this out-of-the-earth construction.
When all the construction work was completed, it was time to inaugurate the monument. People began to wonder what will happen during the inauguration ceremony. The ceremony was conducted by government officials and very important people. Journalists and other guests attended the ceremony. Unexpectedly, government officials and journalists decided to climb the 669 stairs up to heaven!
The majority of the party could not stand climbing so many stairs, therefore, they stopped at the lower levels of the Tower. However, a few important figures insisted on reaching the top.
After frequent stops during the climb, they managed to reach the top in almost an hour! They were the President of the City Council, the head of the construction work, the structural engineer, and reporters from French newspapers Le Figaro and Le Monde Illustré. It was really such a fascinating experience to see the rest of the country from the top of the Eiffel Tower!
The French flag was hoisted and a 25-gun salute was fired to inaugurate the amazing Tour.
Later on, very important people from other countries visited the Eiffel Tower. Among them were the famous Prince of Wales and the American Buffalo Bill who was known as Bill Cody.
Visit the Eiffel Tower
Come and visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France on your next vacation. There is nothing more exciting than seeing the world from its top. And nowadays, you can take an elevator to reach the top. To book a flight to Paris, go on the Opodo's website, and select the time of your visit and your airline carrier. Book also your hotel in Paris through Opodo for the best price offer.