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Eiffel Tower Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Apr 1 2014, 10:37am CDT | by , in Reviews | Other Stuff

Eiffel Tower: 125 Years of French Glory
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The Eiffel Tower was not there 125 years ago. But today it stands as a French symbol of progress and science. Eiffel Tower reflects 125 years of French glory.

What could be more French than outdoor cafes, delicious cuisine and a philosopher named Jacques Derrida? The Eiffel Tower, what else! 

It was built from the ground up by so many workers and foremen whose blood, sweat and tears went into its formation. But the real architect behind it is none other than Gustave Eiffel. He also tried his hand at the Panama Canal but failed desperately there. This was something which of course ruined his reputation. 

Most Parisians thought of the Eiffel Tower as a spot on the face of Paris in the beginning. It was only with the passage of times that they began to get used to the ugly steel monument in the center of the city. It weighs thousands of tons and is so tall that getting to the top is a formidable task without an elevator. 

While the Eiffel Tower is the favorite spot for lovers and those who would like to celebrate their wedding ceremonies, it is also a vantage point from which many people commit suicide each year. 

There are several lookalikes of the phallic symbol throughout the world. One is in Las Vegas or Sin City. The replica there was constructed by Caesars Entertainment. Another lies in China. 

Another fact that few know is that Gustave Eiffel, the architect whose brainchild this tower was, played a role in certain internal features of the Statue of Liberty

 

The Eiffel Tower was furthermore the main exhibit at the World’s Fair in 1889. Thousands of little bulbs light up the tower every night and it is a beautiful sight to see. 

A favorite tourist hotspot, the Eiffel Tower has been nicknamed the Iron Lady. And as a symbol of the current progressive times it also stands for the razor sharp wits that science and scientists cultivate in their quest for knowledge and wisdom. 

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