Eiffel Tower History : The iron tower was not very popular during its building

The Eiffel Tower is the monument that better represents Paris today ... but at the beginning the huge iron building was not very popular.

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Eiffel Tower History

The plan to build a tower 300 metres high was conceived as part of preparations for the World's Fair of 1889. With the construction work barely begun, there appeared the Artists' Protest - details below - In 1889 the tower was a colossal fairground attraction, but during the 1920s it became a symbol of modernity and the avant-garde, inspiring poets such as Guillaume Apollinaire, film-makers, photographers and numerous painters...

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Signed by several big names from the world of literature and the arts: Charles Gounod, Guy de Maupassant, Alexandre Dumas junior, Charles Garnier and others to whom posterity has been less kind. "this high and skinny pyramid of iron ladders, this giant ungainly skeleton upon a base that looks built to carry a colossal monument of Cyclops, but which just peters out into a ridiculous thin shape like a factory chimney" (Maupassant). Once the Tower was finished the criticism burnt itself out in the presence of the completed masterpiece.

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