Eiffel tower

Cultural Stories: The Eiffel Tower

Initially, this architectural marvel was to be built in Barcelona, ​​Spain; but the Spanish government rejected the idea

The tower was built to show off France’s mechanical prowess as a nation during the World’s Fair to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. The original plan was to demolish the structure after 20 years, but the plan fell through when the government realized how useful the structure could be.

Until 1930, the Eiffel Tower was the highest human construction in the world. The structure is 330 meters high, including the tip. During cold seasons, the tower shrinks about six inches.

The tower is commonly called “the Iron Lady”; a moniker that originated in 1925 after a particular automaker used it as a commercial billboard; the nickname has stuck since then. The Eiffel Tower spotted so many different colors over the decades, from yellow, to reddish brown, to maroon, before finally settling for the specially designed “Brown Eiffel Tower”. It usually takes a number of 60 paints to fully cover the tower and this is done every seven years to give the Iron Lady a new look. Rumor has it that the tower will have a brilliant yellow-brown color in 2024, before the Olympics.

A trip to Paris without visiting the infamous Eiffel Tower is never a complete trip.