One of the most iconic and conspicuous man made creations, the Eiffel Tower has held man captivated for years. With construction work finished off in 1889, it has become the inspiration for the construction for 50 more such similar towers around the globe.
While most are not exact replicas, many of them resemble it closely with ever slight differences in model. It has been a site of tourist attraction since then and been an earner for the French Government. Based on the Eiffel Tower as a site for tourist attraction, while at the same time grossing in finances, the British Government erected such a tower by the name Blackpool Tower to rake in money.
About the Eiffel Tower
The history of the Eiffel Tower is interesting. The tower is a wrought- iron lattice structure built on the Champ de Mars in Paris. The structure got its name from the French civil engineer whose company designed and erected it – Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. Initially it drew a lot of criticism from the leading artists of France, but later it stood the test of time by becoming an iconic creation of the earth.
Standing tall at 324 m (1063 ft) in height (the same as that of an 81 storey building), it is one of the most frequented and paid for its entry to the monument in the history of mankind. It is one of the tallest manmade structures in the world after Chrysler Building of New York.
The tower is a major tourist attraction by itself. It has three levels open to visitors with a restaurant each at the first and second levels. The top most level’s upper platform serves as the highest observation deck thrown open to the public in the entire European Union. Tickets to visit the first and second levels can be bought to either climb by stairs or a lift. The top most level is usually only ascended by a lift.
Aesthetics of the Eiffel Tower
The tower is a sight to behold. It is painted in three shades – lightest at the top and becoming progressively darker as it reaches the bottom. Originally done in reddish brown, it switched over to a bronze colour consequently known as the “Eiffel Tower Brown”. The only non-structural components of the tower are its four decorative grill-work arches which were added to enhance its beauty.
The popularity of the Eiffel Tower reaches herculean heights driving man to frenzy. Its acclaim is such, that there have 250 million visitors since its inception in 1889. 2015 alone had 6.91 million visitors, making it the most-visited paid monument of the world. On an average, approximately 25000 people visit and ascend the tower, with long serpentine queues.
Why is the Eiffel Tower Famous
The Eiffel Tower is such a celebrated and renowned piece of manmade creation, that it has become synonymous with the feature of being an integral part of the Parisian skyline. It is part of every film set of the city.
All these features and qualities discussed above have made it almost a compulsion for every handicrafts exporter and manufacturer to have a Handmade Eiffel Tower Statue in its collection.
The fame and popularity of the Eiffel Tower is such that many Handmade Eiffel Tower Statue Exporters are carving a living out of it and sustaining their livelihood based on it.