The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel tower appears in the 1889 world’s fair to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the french revolution.

Alone of the major European powers France was a republic and the organizers of the exhibition determined that it would not only demonstrate French achievements and capabilities to all observers but should be a people’s fair and an occasion for enjoyment.

When the planners of the exhibition came to deciding what will be the symbol of the exhibition, they decided to create a huge iron tower.

This choice was hardly visionary; the capacities of iron a steel construction has been theoretically determined and proven by experience.

So much metal construction was underway that it was possible to determine with some exactitude, how much structure one could purchase at a given cost and when that structure would be completed. Beyond that, however, there was the fact that such a tower would be quite useless.

The magnitude of the project coupled with its obvious lack of tangible value made it a status symbol worthy of the exuberance of those days.

The proposed structure represented an abrupt break with neoclassical architecture and ornament and would dominate Paris skyline overshadowing the city's other graces.

As it happens, however, the tower for some reason captured the popular was not dismantled at the end of the exhibition has bad been planed, but remained in place, becoming first a symbol of Paris, and finally the international symbol of France itself.

The components, manufactured at the Eiffel workshops in Levallois-Perret arrived ready for assembly. two strikes among the workman each of short duration were the only things to threaten the operation of this splendid mechanism.

The tower was completed on schedule in 635 days of actual work as Eiffel himself pointed out.

Inaugurated on March 31st,1889, the tower with  312  meters of height had more than two million visitors during 173 days of the exhibition. Among the most notable visitors, it is mentionable names like the prince and the princess of Wales and their children, Mr and Mrs Gladstone, the Duke of Cambridge and Thomas Edison.

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