Happy Birthday, Eiffel Tower!

eiffel tower swedish love affairMany people believe that the Eiffel Tower is a television or radio tower, but it was actually built purely for the sake of being impressive and beautiful. It was built in 1889 by an engineer called Gustave Eiffel, who constructed it especially for the 1889 World’s Fair, where it was used as the entrance to the fair.
At first many people didn’t like the tower. Guy de Maupassant was one of them, and he used to have lunch there every day, only because it was the only spot in Paris where you couldn’t see the ugly tower. Since then, the tower has become a proud symbol of France, and today it is the most visited paid monument in the world (second place is held by the Colosseum in Rome).

Tomorrow, on the March 31st, will be its 122nd birthday. Happy birthday, Eiffel Tower!

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5 Responses to Happy Birthday, Eiffel Tower!

  1. Cee says:

    I’ve always found it so strange that the French initially hated the Eiffel Tower (and frankly, that some of them still do, just a little.) But I recently saw a painting of what the ground used to look like and that helped me to understand it… When it was built, many houses were demolished to make way for it, and many more were left right next-door, across a small street, so that their owners were constantly – and literally – living in its shadow. Now that the city has changed around it, of course, there’s nothing not to love :)

  2. kerington says:

    Antoniaaaaaa, I want to know what’s in your travelling bag ,pleaseeee??

  3. Laura says:

    Loving these Paris pics! :D
    Speaking of the world’s fair…the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington was made for the 1962 world’s fair ! I found an original booklet in a used bookstore and bought it as soon as it saw it! :D

  4. Rucha says:

    That’s a beautiful picture!

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