Friday, 28 March 2008

Skyscrapers-Eiffel Tower

Situated by the River Seine in the heart of Paris, the Eiffel Tower symbolizes the ingenuity and technological progress that was being made in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Over 500,000,000 (!) people have visited the tower since its completion in 1889 -which makes it 118 years old, with over 6.7 million people visiting the Tower in 2006 alone.

Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in France, 115 metres higher than the second tallest, Tour Montparnasse. The Eiffel Tower was built for the Paris World's Fair, held in the same year as the Tower's completion, to celebrate the French Revolution. Like so many other famous structures, a lot of criticism was directed at it for some time. Eventually, the Tower caught on and became the world-famous structure it is today.

The Eiffel Tower weighs 10,000 tons. Although it doesn't have any "floors" in the conventional skyscraper sense, the tower sports a restaurant, and two observation areas. The Tower took only two years and two months to finish.

3 comments:

PC said...

And can you spot the serious aesthetic compromise -- apart from which it is superb?

Callum said...

I think the two observation decks towards the bottom are pretty bad -they don't fit in with the basic shape of the structure.

Other than that, enlighten me, PC. ;-)

Sus said...

I have no idea what PC's on about, Callum; I love the Eiffel Tower! Loved it from the second my grandad showed me a picture and told me about it when I was about 8. Made a decision on the spot to see it for myself one day and couldn't wipe the grin off my face the day that eventuated!

Off topic, but I enjoyed both your articles in the latest Free Rad. Good stuff. Do your teachers know what you do in your spare time? :)

Would love to see their faces re the suggestion that in an ideal world of liberated education, you'd more than likely get extra credits for your external writing!