The History of Eiffel Tower

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An icon of Paris, the Eiffel Tower symbolizes the French capital unlike any other architectural monument. It has become impossible to imagine the city without the Eiffel Tower, and yet when it was constructed for the Paris World's Fair in 1889, it was hugely controversial. The iron edifice was originally intended to be a temporary construction, designed to symbolize French industrial prowess as a showcase for the World's Fair. Once it served its purpose, Parisian residents hoped the monumental mass would be torn down. Yet the advent of radio technology extended the life of Eiffel's tower. As the tallest building in the world at the time, the structure was readily repurposed as a radio tower. Eiffel's design could not have been selected for its double role, as radio technology was not yet a consideration in 1889. Out of the over a hundred other entries into the World's Fair competition, Eiffel's won in part because of its grandeur and ostentatiousness. After all, the World's Fair was a showcase to the Industrial Age: and a way for individual countries to prove their supremacy as technological powers. The display of technological prowess served distinct cultural roles: such as the means by which French national identity could become more cohesive. As the tallest building in the world for nearly 40 years, the Eiffel Tower showed the world that Paris, France was a hub of progress. Another reason why the design was selected was because the use of iron represented a revolutionary
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