The History and Significance of the Eiffel Tower

TLDR Initially considered an eyesore, the Eiffel Tower has become an iconic symbol of Paris. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the tower was completed in just two years and has since served various purposes, surviving World War II and attracting millions of visitors each year.

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00:00 The Eiffel Tower was initially considered an eyesore and temporary structure, but it has since become an iconic symbol of Paris.
01:35 The Eiffel Tower was proposed as the centerpiece for the 1889 Exposition Universale in Paris, and its design came from Gustave Eiffel's architectural firm.
03:05 The Eiffel Tower was initially designed to be a 300 meter structure and Eiffel himself wasn't initially enthusiastic about the design, but after some modifications, he got behind the project and eventually won the assignment.
04:26 Despite objections from artists and architects in Paris, construction of the Eiffel Tower began in 1887 after Gustave Eiffel won the contract and was given the rights to all revenue from the tower for twenty years.
05:54 The Eiffel Tower, made of puddle iron and prefabricated off-site, was completed in just two years and two months and was an immediate hit, attracting nearly 1.9 million visitors during the world's fair.
07:21 After the world's fair, the Eiffel Tower remained the property of Gustav Eiffel and became useful for various purposes such as radio transmission, meteorological observations, and advertising, and it survived World War II despite Hitler's orders to destroy it.
08:51 The Eiffel Tower is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world, with over 7 million visitors per year and over a quarter billion people having visited it since it was opened.
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