Most interesting facts on the history of the Eiffel Tower
Named after the French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most famous tourist spots. It is a pride for France and no one visiting Paris can miss a tour to the Eiffel tower. Still, if you are not much interested in visiting this place then take a look at the most intriguing facts related to the history of the Eiffel tower. Definitely, after this, you will be planning a Paris tour to see the Eiffel Tower.
Built for the 1889 World Fair
Many of you might not be aware of the fact that the Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World Fair and was planned to be demolished after twenty years from the completion of its construction. The fair was organized to mark the 100th anniversary of “the storming of the Bastille”, which is also known as the Prise de la Bastille.
Tower was called monstrous in 1889
History sometimes reveals such facts that take you by surprise. One such is that the Eiffel tower after its construction was completed in 1889 was called by the Parisians and artists of that time as “useless and monstrous”. In fact, many of the Parisians also started a petition to get the tower dismantled.
Played a great role during World War I
In the history of the Eiffel tower, Gustave Eiffel has played a very important role. His company not only led to the creation of an iconic tower but he also ensured that it remains free from the threats of destruction. He turned the Eiffel Tower into a huge radio antenna, thereby giving a new purpose to it. Interestingly, this helped the French military a lot in sending and receiving wireless messages. That is why even today the contribution of the tower is considered quite great in the WWI for French Military.
Not designed by Gustave Eiffel
Are you shocked to hear this? Yes, you might be and why not because all your life you must have heard that Gustave Eiffel designed the gigantic Eiffel Tower. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth as in reality the company – Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel of Gustave Eiffel was in charge of the construction of Eiffel tower. The tower was designed by two engineers who worked for his company – Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier.
Bonus Point: Gustave Eiffel did design later the Statue of Liberty spine.
Certainly, the history of the Eiffel tower must have impressed you, but the tower will overwhelm you far more than this. So, plan a trip to Paris and do not forget to visit the splendid Eiffel tower.