Bon Anniversaire, Tour d’Eiffel


By Niall McArdle

The Eiffel Tower is 125 today. Did you know it was supposed to dismantled in 1909?

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You can read the history of the design and construction here.

Gustave Eiffel
Gustave Eiffel

Engineer Gustave Eiffel also designed the dome of the Nice Observatory, Pest Railway Station in Budapest, and the metallic structure of the Statue of Liberty, but it is the iconic Paris landmark that will forever be associated with him.

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The Eiffel Tower has been the sight of many famous (and infamous) events. In 1925 con-artist Victor Lustig sold it – TWICE – for scrap metal.

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In 1940, when the Nazis occupied Paris, the Resistance cut the life cables, forcing Hitler to climb the stairs.

In 1944, when the Allies were advancing on Paris, Hitler ordered General Dietrich von Choltitz to demolish the tower along with the rest of the city, but Von Choltitz disobeyed the order.

In 1912 inventor Franz Reichelt jumped off the Tower to his death while testing a parachute he designed.

Perhaps you’d like your own Eiffel Tower.

You could make one out of Lego

 

How about an Origami one?

 

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