New Wonder of the World Runner-Up: Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris is one of the runners-up to the New Wonders of the World. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, it was built in 1889 to serve as the entry to the 1889 World’s Fair which marked the centennial of the French Revolution.  With millions of visitors ascending it every year (200,000,000 to date), the Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world.

Construction of the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower at 1,063 feet is the tallest building in Paris.  It was constructed of 7,300  tonnes of a pure form of iron known as puddle iron.  The 18,000+ pieces were assembled using 2.5 million rivets.  Every seven years, maintenance of the tower includes application of 50 to 60 tonnes of paint every seven years to protect it from rust.

Although the Tower has become a symbol of Paris and France, it was damned by the public when it was built as an eyesore. The building permit provided that the structure would be taken down in 20 years (1909).  Fortunately, the order was not carried out.

Tomorrow,  Hagia Sophia    Rita Bay

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2 responses to “New Wonder of the World Runner-Up: Eiffel Tower

  1. Gus Story

    I have thought that the word tourist is someone who visits the Eiffel Tower. I believe it is called Eiffel Tour in French.

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