France has built the world's tallest tower in a bid to surpass the US, bringing in $1.5 billion

Mark wiens


As the most romantic and fashionable international metropolis in France, Paris not only has a splendid history, culture and cultural heritage, but also attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world with romance and fashion. Paris, as if it is a synonym for romance and fashion, whether it is language, dress, behavior, fashion, romantic these elements. On my first trip to Paris, my friend suggested that I learn French, calling it the most romantic language in the world. The picture shows a couple taking a travel photo. The wife is pregnant. The three of them are so happy.

But in my opinion, the romance of Paris is embodied in the cultural heritage of human history, especially the Eiffel Tower, one of the most iconic landmarks. It is one of the most famous buildings in the world, one of the cultural symbols of France, and one of the city landmarks of Paris (the highest building), known as the "Iron Lady" by the French. The tower has been labeled "love", "romance" and "fashion" by many tourists. It is thought to bring 1.5 billion euros a year in tourism to Paris.

Although today's Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of Paris and even the whole France with its beautiful posture, it is also famous for its romantic label. But the "life" of the tower was not smooth sailing, it was almost built, built and then almost torn down. In 1884, the French government began planning for a World's Fair five years later, not only to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, but also to show off the country's industrial might.

At that time, the Washington Monument in the United States had just been built, which became the tallest building in the world at 169 meters. Then the French decided to build an even taller structure that would not only attract visitors to buy tickets, but would also be easy to tear down when the Expo was over. Hundreds of designers submitted their ideas to the government.

Two young engineers, Maurice Kirshland and Emmel Lou Geer, came up with a design for the Eiffel Tower, which was later bought, patented and submitted in a competition by architect Steven Sovast, who adapted the crude preliminary design.

Parisians were shocked by the competition's design, saying it was so ugly that it tarnished the beautiful, classical and elegant city of Paris. But in the end Eiffel's plan was chosen over hundreds of proposals, and it would be built on the Champ de Mars on the banks of the Seine as a monument to the 1889 World's Fair.

During the groundbreaking period, it was ridiculed and opposed by the leading figures in the art, literary and architectural circles at that time, such as Dumas Jr., Maupassant, Kope, Messonnier, etc. "If the Eiffel Tower is built, I will leave Paris forever," Maupassant declared. But after two years of construction, the Eiffel Tower was finally completed and became the most classic structure of the 1889 World's Fair.

At the time, the Eiffel Tower was the centerpiece of the World's Fair, and the rise of the steel tower marked the end of the era of stone. Its romantic figure can be seen from any corner of Paris, and the Eiffel Tower also brings the whole city to the front of people. Had threatened to leave Paris Maupassant, later still in the tower restaurant dining. His answer: This is the only place in Paris where you can't see the ugly metal monster.

In today's terms, Maupassant's actions are hitting himself in the face, and no one can escape the law of true fragrance. But unexpectedly, the tower soon became obsolete. The Eiffel Tower was neglected at the 1900 World's Fair, and the age of steel was replaced by masonry. It has been preserved with limited scientific value, but in increasingly bleak circumstances, and people are no longer enthusiastic or buying tickets to visit.

It was not until World War I that the tower's radio transmitters interfered with German radio communications, severely hampering their assault on Paris. Overnight, the faded silent tower became an instant "hero" for Parisians, affectionately known as the "Iron Lady" and draped with the French tricolour as it marched toward a national symbol.

After the two world Wars, people began to observe, think and praise it again, and compared it to "the steel Muse of the new world" and "the soul of mechanism", bringing spiritual and physical security to the masses of Paris. In the subsequent time, in the long river of history, countless painters, writers, photographers have used it as inspiration, material and background.

Under the impact of tourism, people come to Paris one after another, they must go to see this beautiful tower. But I don't know since when, the Eiffel Tower has the label "romance", become a symbol of France, also become people's wish for a better life, love. To this day, it remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris.

Although my first trip to Paris was mainly to see Notre Dame Cathedral, I was also fascinated by the Eiffel Tower and the Seine at night. It was really romantic, fashionable, artistic and avant-garde, and left me with a deep memory of the trip. The world famous building held the record for 45 years until the Chrysler Building in New York.

Together with the Tokyo Tower and the Empire State Building, it is called "three famous buildings in the West". Although the Tokyo Tower is located in the Asian country of Japan, it is modeled after the Eiffel Tower in Paris and is taller than the Eiffel Tower in Western style. When I have the chance, I will go to see the tower that shocked the Japanese people and is now said to be one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Tokyo. But why it is listed as one of the "three most famous buildings in the West" is a little puzzling.

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