The Eiffel Tower
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Origins and Construction of the Eiffel Tower
The project to build a tower 300 metres high was conceived during preparations for the Universal Exposition of 1889. The frame started to be erected on the 1st of July 1887 and was completed 21 months later.
The Eiffel Tower during the 1889 Exposition Universelle
The tenth universal exposition was organised in Paris in 1889, to run from the 15th of May to the 6th of November; it was on this occasion that the Eiffel Tower was built.
Debate and Controversy Surrounding the Eiffel Tower
Following the publication of various pamphlets and articles during the year 1886, construction was barely underway when, on the 14th of February 1887, the artists’ protest began.
The Eiffel Tower Laboratory
At the end of his building contractor’s career, Eiffel continued to lead an active life, occupied with scientific research.
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The Eiffel Tower and the History of Broadcasting
Eiffel strongly encouraged research into radio broadcasting, suggesting use of the Tower as a monumental antenna.
Sparkling Moments in the History of the Eiffel Tower
Through constant renewal of sources of artificial lighting, the Tower has always taken advantage of the latest innovations in terms of lighting.
The Eiffel Tower’s Lifts
From the opening of the Tower in 1889, visitors have been able to reach the monument’s different levels by taking lifts, a true technical feat for the time.
Painting the Eiffel Tower
Built in wrought iron, the Tower is protected from oxidation by several layers of paint, to ensure its durability.
Art and the Eiffel Tower
Although the Tower was a huge attraction in 1889, in the 1920s it became a symbol of modernity which inspired poets, film directors, photographers and numerous painters.
The first floor of the Eiffel Tower
Following 125 years of continual change, discover what the 1st floor used to be before its complete renovation in 2014.