Why, Do You Know, Why Reasons

Do you know the 'why' reasons, or, do the 'whys' often bother you for scientific explanations? For instance, you do know that stars twinkle, but do you know the reasons why, and how? Or, do you know the 'why' reasons behind falling in love? Or, do you know the reasons why dogs bury bones? Probably many of you don’t! Why Corner – the 'why' blog, answers these 'whys' for basic knowledge, with real reasons for the 'why' facts. So, just know them all here if you have the 'why' urge, that is!

Oct 16, 2007

Do you know why Eiffel Tower was built?

Prof. Know Why answers:

Eiffel Tower or “La Tour Eiffel” in French, situated in the city of Paris in France is one of the few greatest engineering amazements that the world has seen till date. It’s a beauty to watch the Eiffel Tower at night when it’s all illuminated with its lighting effects.

With a height of 324.00m (height with antenna) from the ground and 125m x 125m at the base, Eiffel Tower weighs about 10,000 tons (metal framework weight: 7,300 tons) in total. So what is this Eiffel Tower made up of and how was the foundation laid? Well, the foundation was constituted in stonework and is made of puddle iron. And, how much did it cost to build the Eiffel Tower? – A whopping 7,800,000 gold francs, way back in 1889. The tower was built by Gustave Eiffel, -the man behind the company “Gustave Eiffel & Cie” that got the contract.

Now let’s see, why was this huge structure which is one of the most desired tourist-spot in the world, was created! Eiffel Tower was built as the “theme structure” of the Universal Exposition of 1889, which was held in Paris. It was a huge international fair intended to show off France’s achievements to the world. There were dozens of other sculptures and buildings created also, but the Eiffel Tower was the only one to remain because the military discovered that it was a great antenna for the newly (then) invented technology of radio.

Today, the Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most recognized landmark and stands as an important symbol of Paris, of France, and of travel and exotic destinations in general.

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2 comments:

Goldpeach said...

I am French but I live far from Paris so i've never seen the tower but i'd like to

Stéphane said...

Here is some other Eiffel tower seen on Google Earth.