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How the Eiffel Tower was built

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The marvelous masterpiece that sits in Paris, France is the 300 meter tall or 984 ft tall Eiffel Tower.  This structure is known to be world famous and you can even see its top from all over Paris.  t the end of the 19th century it was twice as high as the Washington Monument!  Now that is tall!  Thus making it the tallest structure in the world, well at the time it was.

The idea for this ellaberate structure was at the 1889 World Exhibition, held in celebration of the French Revolution in 1789.  But what is funny is that the structure was only suppossed to last during the Exposition and taken down afterwords but yet it still stands beautifully today.  There were many artists that protested with the fear the construction would be the ruin of structures without ‘individuality’ and not mentioning the many people who feared this huge structure would not fit into the architecture of Paris, but now it is considered the national symbol for the romantic town of Paris, also considered the City of Light.

Now for the man behind all of the work and designs, and who the tower is gracefully named after (Gustave Eiffel) he was known for revolutionary bridge buildings and employed in the great viaduct at Garabit in 1884.  His techniques would form the landmark for construction of the massive Eiffel Tower.  Also Eiffel did some framework for the Statue of Liberty, sounds like he was a really smart man on account of the structures are still standing today, still strong and as beautiful as ever.

Now for the technical specs of the Eiffel Tower, if you will.

The structure took over two years to finish, each of the 12,000 pieces had to be designed individually to give them the exact shape and strong standing form.  Wanna know something crazy?  I find this almost insane but it took almost 7 million nails to complete it, I mean who would count all that?

Inaugurated on March 31, 1889 the tower would have been the tallest structure in the world untill the Chrysler Building knocked it out of the ranks in 1930.

-Zachary Daniel King

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