|Tour Eiffel, photographed from its base|
|Tour Eiffel, photographed from Place du Trocadéro|
|Tour Eiffel, photographed from Parc du |
Champ de Mars
- The tower was built in honor of the centennial of the French Revolution for the 1889 Exposition Universelle.
- The tower was meant to be temporary.
- It was the tallest building in the world until 1930 when the Chrysler Building was completed in NYC. Then a 24-meter antenna was installed at the top of of Eiffel so it could be taller. A year later, the Empire State Building took top honors.
|Tour Eiffel, photographed from Place|
One thing you may not already know about the Tour Eiffel:
- In 1912, a Parisian tailor named Reichelt attempted to fly from the tower. It was clear he was trying to fly and not die, because he was wearing wings (actually a cape). He didn't fly. He did die.
|An colorful group of tourists, beauty queens |
perhaps (they had an entourage), whip out
their camera phones to photograph Tour
Eiffel from Place du Trocadéro.
|A wedding photo session on Pont de Bir Hakeim|
|Another wedding photo session on Pont de Bir Hakeim|
|A dancer warms up on Pont de Bir Hakeim.|
|Tour Eiffel, photographed from Pont |
de Bir Hakeim
Oh, and here's something else I recently discovered about the Tour Eiffel (courtesy oddstuffmagazine.com):
When Thomas Edison visited the tower in 1889, he wrote this in its guest book:
"Monsier Eiffel, engineer, builder of great brave and extraordinary creations of modern engineering from someone who is respected and admired by all engineers, including the Great Engineer of the Lord God. Thomas Edison."The website placesinfrance.com, has a slightly different version:
"To Eiffel the Engineer the brave builder of so gigantic and original specimen of modern Engineering from one who has the greatest respect and admiration for all Engineers including the Great Engineer the Bon Dieu, Thomas Edison."Whichever quotation is correct, I assume Tom would have given the Eiffel Tower a favorable review on TripAdvisor.
|Ken on Pont de Bir Hakeim|