More than seven million people visit the Eiffel Tower each year, which despite its age, keeps an iron health!
It was built in 1887 by Gustave Eiffel on the occasion of the 1889 World Fair. This enormous and majestic structure is 324 meters high and consists of 18,000 pieces of wrought iron.
Gustave Eiffel, engineer and famous contractor designed this building on the occasion of the celebrations for the centenary of the French Revolution and the Universal Exhibition of Paris held in 1889.
The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Edouard Lockroy had the idea of a competition for the Exhibition.The first prize was won by Gustave Eiffel who embarked on the construction of the building. The construction of this monument that lasted two years was strongly criticized by several people.
A group of intellectuals, including Emile Zola and Guy de Maupassant, had published a letter in the newspaper “Le Temps”. They opposed the construction of this monument deemed “useless” and “monstrous”.
After the construction of the tower, Gustave Eiffel used the third floor, both as an office and as an apartment for his family. The people around Eiffel used it wisely.
Savin Yeatman-Eiffel remembers how his grandmother climbed it.
“My grandmother, when she was young, had asthma; a doctor had recommended him the fresh air of the heights. And every Thursday in the afternoon, she went up to the Eiffel Tower to enjoy the good air of Paris at 300 meters.
Initially, it was intended to be proof of the excellence of French industrial know-how and had to be temporary, only 20 years old. Saved by broadcasting, today it is a symbol of French identity and a world tourist attraction.
And today, climbing its 1,665 steps remains a rite of passage of the Parisian.