Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Eiffel Tower

It's one of the world's most famous buildings, a symbol of romantic scenes, the French, and a world wonder.

If it wasn't obvious of what I'm talking about today well. Here's a's the Eiffel Tower. Big hint, but you get the picture. --->

I decided to blog about the Eiffel Tower today in honor of a project I'm doing for a history class. It's interesting and one of the most beautiful towers in history.

Here's an interesting fact about the Tower. You know those arches that look like they're supporting the structure? Those arches don't actually do anything! They're just for show! You see, back in the day when the first built it, people were afraid that the building would fall so they added the arches to reassure the people.

And here's some history about the Eiffel Tower!
The Tower was is 121 years old and was built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel in honor of the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. The structure took two years to build. The design was picked out of thousands of entries even though many other people did not like it. After 20 years, people wanted to take it down but because it served as a radio station and telegraphy.

Many experiments and radio broadcasts have been preformed and conducted there. It was used to measure wind speed, it housed a mercury barometer, and the experiment for Foucault's giant pendulum was preformed there. It served as a military radio outpost in 1903 and it sent the first public radio program in 1925.

Since the 1980s it's been renovated and restored many times, it's served as the stage for many international events, and has had over 280 million visitors since it's first was open to the public. Today, over 7 million people visit it each year, most being foreigners, and it's one of the most visited monuments that you have to pay to see.

So what do you think of when you hear Eiffel Tower? Have you ever been there? Do you wish to see it? It think it's a beautiful building or do you think it's ugly being made of just steel and iron?


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