Eiffel Tower – A Brief History and Overview of Its 120 Year History

The Eiffel Tower today remains one of the most popular attractions of all time in Paris let alone Europe. In fact, since its opening, it is estimated that over a quarter of a billion people have viewed the tower. It has by far been one of the most historic buildings in the world and has landed its name on the 7 Wonders of the World.

The Eiffel Tower was first designed for the Paris Exposition in which many buildings were planned to be built all over Paris. Of the many designs Gustave Eiffel’s design was chosen out of the many. It took nearly 2 years and 2 months of construction but the Eiffel Tower was built in 1899. It was built of mainly or iron. After 20 years of its existence, the Eiffel Tower was being pushed to be demolished for scrap metal for many people.

However, to luck of Paris today it was kept. The main reason for keeping the tower was because it was thought that its radio pole on the top of the building would be helpful and useful for many future scientific endeavors. In fact, many scientific works were conducted on the Eiffel Tower. Temperature, Pressure and Radio Transmission were among the most prominent. During World War II, after the Germans invaded France, they hung the German flag atop the Eiffel Tower as a symbol of France’s subjugation. This was among the most embarrassing moments in French history. The Eiffel Tower since that day has been maintained as a radio tower and site for many tourists around the world. Its golden night display has made the Eiffel Tower at night own of the most beautiful attractions in the world. It and night’s illuminating golden glow has been a source of beauty in the Paris sky for many years. Today, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most visited sites in all of France and Europe and looks to stay that way for years to come.