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The Most Famous Places in France - The Eiffel Tower

Everyone has a mental image of the Eiffel Tower. It is one of the most photographed and venerated landmarks in the world. Visiting it is on many peoples' bucket lists. The enduring popularity of this more than a century-old tower, constructed as the entrance portal for the 1889 World's Fair, may have come as a shock to Parisians who were alive when it was being built. Artists and intellectuals at the time called the Tower "monstrous," and led a vigorous public outcry against it, publishing a manifesto, with 300 signatures, voicing their objections in the name of "French taste, art, and history under threat."Standing 984 feet tall, this intricate erector set of a tower far surpassed the height of the world's tallest structure up to that point, the 555-foot Washington Monument. The construction of a structure this tall was considered an engineering feat at the time, with the biggest challenge the possibility of it being toppled by the wind. The Eiffel Tow…

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