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Late Modern_21. Eiffel Tower


Background Knowledge of Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is a symbol of Paris, the capital of France. The Eiffel Tower became the centerpiece of the Paris World Exposition, which opened on May 6, 1889, attracting tourists not only from Paris but from all over the world. In 1991, the area around the Seine River in Paris, including this tower, was registered as a World Heritage Site. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid structure in the world.

  ● Location: Paris, France 

  ● When constructed: 1889 

  ● Size: Height 324 m (including the television broadcast antenna), width 125 m, a total of 3 floors 

  ● Materials: 18,000 + steel frames (a total of 7,300 tons of iron) 

  ● Features: - Made as the memorial of the World’s Fair in Paris to commemorate the 100 year celebration of the French Revolution.

                          It was to be demolished after 20 years, but it remains now as the best attraction in Paris and is used for communication.

1. Interesting Story about Artifacts and Historic Sites

The Eiffel Tower: The Paris monument from a strange building

In 1789, the people of France got really mad at their king and queen. They didn't like how they were being treated, so they decided to make a big change. This big change is called the French Revolution, and it happened in 1789. This made France a place where the citizens had power. To celebrate 100 years since the revolution, they decided to have a big event in Paris called the World Exposition in 1889.

A smart engineer named Gustave Eiffel had a cool idea for a huge tower. It would be 300 meters tall, which is really, really high! But there was a problem. The government didn't have enough money to build it the way Gustave Eiffel wanted.

Gustave Eiffel had a clever plan. He said he would pay some money to build the tower, but he wanted to keep the money the tower made for 20 years. The government agreed, and Gustave Eiffel finished building the tower in just over 2 years.

They named it the Eiffel Tower after Gustave Eiffel. At first, some people in France thought the tower was ugly. But when the World Exposition opened, everyone loved the Eiffel Tower! It became the most popular place to visit.

After 20 years, they were supposed to take down the tower, but people loved it so much that they decided to keep it forever. Now, the Eiffel Tower is a famous symbol of Paris. People from all around the world come to visit and take pictures with it.