Rise of the Eiffel Tower, 1887-1889
La tour Eiffel, the most-visited paid monument in the world, turned 125-years-old this year. Paris' most famous structure was also one of the first major construction projects to have been widely documented via photography.
We all know video killed the radio star. But did you know that radio saved the Eiffel Tower?
Gustave Eiffel's iron-lattice tower, a quintessential piece of the Parisian skyline, was constructed from 1887 to 1889 in order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. It was, at the time, the tallest man-made structure in the world. Many of Eiffel's contemporaries detested the tower, calling his design "obnoxious" and "vile." Upon its construction, it was understood that the tower would be disassembled after 20 years.
But the emergence of radio gave Paris a really good reason to keep Eiffel's tower around, as it became an "obnoxious" and "vile" yet totally useful antenna. According to World War I historian Barbara Tuchman, a transmitter in the tower jammed German radio communications and helped the Allies emerge victorious in the First Battle of the Marne, in 1914.
In 2010, the tower reached 250 million total visitors since its opening. It has become so iconic that you can hardly think of Paris without images of iron-lattice coming to mind.
Not bad for a structure that was supposed to be scrapped after a couple decades.
Source: Public Domain Archive
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