The Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. It was going to be demolished in 1909, but was repurposed as a radio antenna. During World War II, when Adolf Hitler visited Paris, the French cut the lift cables on the Eiffel Tower so that he would have to climb the 1,665 steps if he wanted to get to the top. Smart. The Tower was originally meant for Barcelona, Spain, but the project was rejected. Today, it’s the most visited paid site in the world, attracting nearly 7 million people in 2011. There are 30 replicas of the Eiffel Tower around the world, including one in Las Vegas. Just the paint on the Eiffel Tower weighs more than 10 elephants! There are 20,000 lightbulbs on the Eiffel Tower.. The 20,000 lightbulbs on the Eiffel Tower light up every night, just like the Empire State Building (http://ethancaba14.edublogs.org/2015/10/12/empire-state-building/). As I mentioned in my earlier post, Paris is known as the “City of Light”. The Eiffel Tower can be seen from almost any point in the city.
4 thoughts on “The Eiffel Tower”
This is really interesting. How did people respond to Eiffel’s design at the time? Did they know it was going to be such a famous landmark? What did it cost to build? Great post!
Hi Ethan I liked your post because you took photo of three points of views of the Eiffel tower and gave a history lesson about it. I wish I could go to the tip of the tower looking over Paris. I wonder what is your favorite monument?
Hello,my name is Karol and I have seen most of your posts and they look amazing.My mouth was open the whole time cause they look like it took and hour or more each post.This one got my attention out of all cause,who doesn’t like the Eiffel Tower,Huh? Most of the things you said I never knew.Like when you said “The Eiffel Tower was build by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris”.
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