The Iron Lady

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The Iron Lady. One of the most stand-out monuments in the world, and one of the most beautiful. It shares its nickname with Margaret Thatcher, a prime minister of England. Built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 as an entrance to the World Fair, La Tour Eiffel would stand for twenty years before being torn down. However, the tower would later be repurposed as a radio antenna in 1909 for World War I, and still stands as a radio antenna to this day, where more than one hundred antennae beam radio and television broadcasts around the world. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognized, and most paid for visited monument in the world. However, when it was built, there were multiple protests against it. Most Parisians fear that La Tour Eiffel was structurally unsound or that it was an eyesore that would out-shadow other famous buildings in Paris, like Notre Dame and the Louvre. Novelist Guy de Maupassant allegedly hated the Eiffel Tower so much he ate lunch in the restaurant at the base of the tower every day because it was “the only vantage point from which (I) could completely avoid glimpsing its looming silhouette.” Eiffel later stated that the tour was on the Champs de Mars and far enough away from all those other monuments and it would not risk overwhelming them. Edouard Lockroy wrote a letter of support about the tower, and explained how all the protesting was irrelevant because the project had been decided upon months before and construction for it was already underway. When

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