Did you know that the names of 72 notable French scientists and engineers are engraved at the base of the Eiffel Tower?
This tower, 300 meters high, designed by businessman Gustave Eiffel, architect Stephen Sauvestre, and engineers Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier, was built on the occasion of the Universal Exposition of 1889 commemorating the centenary of the French Revolution. The works began on January 28, 1887 and ended on March 31, 1889.
Its construction was a great feat for its time. They did not know that this work, which was thought to last only two decades, would be standing for more than 130 years. And it has become the main tourist attraction in Paris. It is the most visited paid monument in the world.
There are several replicas of the Eiffel Tower distributed throughout the world such as Las Vegas, in the United States; that of Tokyo, in Japan; the Blackpool tower in Lancashire, United Kingdom, and the one Sucre, in Bolivia, among others.
Some of Gustave Eiffel’s works as a builder that we can highlight are:
- The María Pía bridge to join the two banks of the Duero river in Porto, Portugal
- The Garabit viaduct over the Truyère river, in Ruynes-en-Margeride, France
- Budapest-Nyugati station, Hungary
- The bus terminal in La Paz, Bolivia
- The main dome of the Astronomical Observatory of Nice, France
- And the structure of the Statue of Liberty in New York City, United States
So you know, if you are in Paris, do not miss this marvel of engineering!
Address Champ de Mars, 5 avenue Anatole France
How to get there
- Bus: 42, 69, 82, 87
- Underground: Bir-Hakeim, Trocadéro
- RER: Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel