View of Paris from the Eiffel Tower elevator, France

History of the Eiffel Tower

ORIGIN OF ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNIZABLE STRUCTURES IN THE WORLD

Constructed in the very heart of the Champ de Mars, on the banks of the River Seine, facing Trocadero, the Eiffel Tower welcomes you to Paris from your arrival as the most easily visible monument in the whole of the capital. This technical and architectural prowess is a relic of the industrial era.  The 324-meter-tall tower, with a base width of 125 meters, was thought up by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Fair. It was a real gamble at the time, but against all odds it was constructed in only a little over 2 years. Despite its far from ordinary dimensions and its 7,300 tonnes of iron, the Eiffel Tower remains graceful and symbolizes a Paris that has evolved throughout the century that has gone by in front of it.

THE TOWER PROVED TO BE VALUABLE FOR COMMUNICATION PURPOSES

It’s funny to think that at the time of its construction, the Eiffel Tower was only supposed to be a temporary presence in Paris, not planned to surpass 20 years. It’s only thanks to the scientific experiments carried out by Gustave Eiffel that she still rules the roost in Paris today. In effect, the Iron Lady allowed the very first radiographic transmissions, followed by early telecommunication. In 1925, it’s because of this same tower that the first public radio transmission was made possible, followed by television and now DTT.

A TRULY MAGICAL SIGHT WITH SPARKLING LIGHTS

Since then, it has always been the platform for original experimentation and it was this tower again who unveiled new and previously unseen golden lights, produced with the help of 336 projectors. This innovation should inspire the return to and value of lighting up buildings during the hours of darkness in France and in the rest of the world. This was all up until the high point of 2000, where the glittering effect was introduced to the already golden lights: a truly magical spectacle that requires 20,000 bulbs installed at the time by 25 mountaineers which took five months of work.

 

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