Eiffel Tower Day

Published 31st March 2011
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Eiffel Tower Day

According to the website of a certain well-known greetings card company, today is Eiffel Tower Day. So, to celebrate, here are some (hopefully) interesting facts about Paris’ most iconic attraction. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous attractions in the world. People travel from all over the world to catch a glimpse of the tower. You will more than likely see a proposal or two by or on the tower. It’s a very romantic place!

This Dame de Fer (Iron Lady) was named after its designer, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. It stands in the Champ de Mars in Paris. If you’re planning on visiting it, the closest metro stops are Champ de Mars and Bir Hakeim. You’re welcome! It was completed in 1889, in time for the Exposition Universelle (World Fair) celebrations. The Tower was constructed in wrought iron, and it took 60 tonnes of paint to cover the whole tower! It is 324 metres tall, meaning that in clear weather, you can see for around 40 miles! At the time it was built, it was the tallest structure in the world, but this record has since been broken. 72 names of notable Frenchmen are engraved on the tower, and this list of names has been the subject of criticism because no women are included on it.

These days, it is hard to mention Paris without conjuring images of the Eiffel Tower, which according to many films, is visible from every single apartment window in the city. It’s safe to say that it has become synonymous with the romantic image of the city.

Unpopular Tower

However iconic the Eiffel tower may be nowadays, it was by no means universally popular when it was built. Jules Verne built his restaurant inside the tower as it was the only way not to see the tower when dining. Ouch! Many prominent Parisians even went so far as to sign a document protesting the tower’s construction, and bemoaning its design. One novelist, Guy de Maupassant, even claimed to eat lunch in the tower every day, because it was the only place in Paris where he couldn’t see the monument he hated so much.

So what do you think about this striking monument?

Do you like it or hate it? Perhaps you have an interesting story or know a fact about the tower that we haven’t mentioned here. Please do share!

Día de la Torre Eiffel

Según el sitio web de una conocida compañía de tarjetas de felicitación, hoy es día de la Torre Eiffel. Para celebrarlo, aquí teneís algunos datos interesantes (o eso espero) sobre la atracción más simbólica de París.

Esta Dame de Fer (Dama de Hierro) lleva el nombre de su creador, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. Se encuentra en el Champ de Mars de París. (Si estás pensando en visitarla, las paradas de metro más cercanas son Champ de Mars y Bir Hakeim – ¡te esperamos!) La torre fue terminada en 1889, a tiempo para la celebración de la Exposition Universelle (Feria Mundial). Construida en hierro forjado, hicieron falta nada menos que 60 toneladas de pintura para cubrir toda la torre. Sus 24 metros de altura permiten que pueda verse desde unas 40 millas en un día despejado. En el momento en que fue construida, se convirtió en la estructura más alta del mundo, pero este récord fue batido más tarde. En ella se encuentran grabados 72 nombres de personajes franceses distinguidos, lista que ha sido criticada debido a que no incluye ningún nombre de mujer.

Hoy en día es difícil hablar de París sin evocar la imágen de la Torre Eiffel, que, según muchas películas, es visible desde todas las ventanas de la ciudad. Podemos decir con seguridad que se ha convertido en la imagen romántica de la ciudad.

Sin embargo, no siempre ha sido tan universalmente popular. En el momento de su construcción, numerosos prestigiosos parisinos llegaron incluso a firmar un documento de protesta por la construcción de la torre criticando su diseño. El escritor Guy de Maupassant, incluso propone comer todos los días en la torre, ya que era el único lugar de París desde donde no se veía el monumento que odiaba tanto.

¿Tú qué piensas de este asombroso monumento?

¿Te gusta o lo odias? Tal vez tienes una historia interesante o conoces alguna curiosidad sobre la torre que no hemos mencionado. ¡Por favor, compártelas con nosostros!

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