Thursday, April 5, 2012

E = Eiffel Tower - A to Z Blog Challenge

Tour Eiffel Ironwork Detail - photo by Green Eye

Eiffel Tower and the Exposition Universelle

The Exposition Universelle of 1889 was a World's Fair held in Paris, France.  The fair coincided with the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, an event considered to be the trigger for the French Revolution.   It also introduced the Eiffel Tower to the world as it welcomed them to the exposition.

Originally positioned as the entrance arch to the World's Fair, the Eiffel Tower became a cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world, per one source.

Eiffel Tower, looking across Champ de Mars by DG Hudson

In the photo above the Trocadero is shown under the arch of the tower supports (a classic shot).  You can't see the Eiffel Tower from every Parisian window, as movies would have us believe.   Only a few of the taller buildings have a clear view of the tower.  Zoning restrictions limit buildings over 7 stories in some arrondisements.  


Eiffel Tower Facts

From: '1980s' - Timeline section

"A restaurant and its supporting iron scaffolding midway up the tower was dismantled; it was purchased and reconstructed on St. Charles Avenue and Josephine Street in the Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana, by entrepreneurs John Onorio and Daniel Bonnot, originally as the Tour Eiffel Restaurant, later as the Red Room and now as the Cricket Club (owned by the New Orleans Culinary Institute). The restaurant was re-assembled from 11,000 pieces that crossed the Atlantic in a 40-foot (12 m) cargo container."  See link below.


Paris, Eiffel Tower from Pont Alexander III by DG Hudson


Image copyright claims - Permissions

'The tower and its representations have long been in the public domain. However, a French court ruled, in June 1990, that a special lighting display on the tower in 1989, for the tower's 100th anniversary, was an "original visual creation" protected by copyright. As a result, it is no longer legal to publish contemporary photographs of the tower at night without permission in France and in some other countries."  Read more at the Eiffel Tower Wikipedia link below.


Did you learn anything new about the Eiffel Tower from this post?  Please share in the comments.

Exposition Universelle de Paris 1889  Basic Info on the Eiffel Tower  More photos of the Eiffel Tower on this recent post on my 21st Century blog.