March 31, 2008

Happy Inaugural Birthday To The Great Eiffel Tower

On this day in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was officially complete and inaugurated by it's creator Alexandre Gustave Eiffel as he celebrated by unfurling a French flag at the top of the tower.

Could you imagine what it would have been like to have been there on that day? Imagine the dress you would have been wearing and how Paris looked from the tip top at that time. I know for certain it looked a lot different.

Did you know that when you are standing on the top deck of the Eiffel tower, you can actually feel it swaying? Kind of scary, especially if you have just gone to the top on an elevator packed like a sardine and there are so many people around you, you can hardly move. Next time, I will do it during the day when it isn't as crowded.

So, there is a little fact for you on Rhonda's... "This day in French history". Actually, I got my info for you from http://www.todayinsci.com/3/3_31.htm .

"In 1889, the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, was inaugurated, becoming the world's tallest tower of its era. With a height of 300-m (986-ft), it remained the world's tallest structure until surpassed by the Empire State Building, 40 years later. The designer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, 56, celebrated by unfurling a French flag at the top of the tower. The immense iron latticework design was chosen unanimously from 700 proposals submitted in a competition. Construction took from 26 Jan 1887 to 31 Mar 1889, using 300 steel workers. It was erected for the Paris Exposition of 1889, which had 1,968,287 visitors. Elevators were powered from machinery in the basements of the eastern and western pillars. « [Image: Exposition universelle de 1889 - La Tour Eiffel au Champ de Mars á Paris, engraving in La Nature."
Joyeux anniversaire d'Inagural, mon beau Tour
Eiffel. Oh comment je t'aime !

3 comments:

Sherry/Cherie said...

Bonne anniversaire!!! You really know your stuff!!

Glad you are part of the AVP ring!!!

miss magpie-pixie said...

Thanks for the info R ...
Only you being an avid fan could do it well , and celebrate it !

And yes , when i was there , i too felt it swaying !

jo said...

What a great post! I love learning about the history of my new found LOVE...you truly have a way of explaining things perfectly. I love learning about France and seeing it through your eyes...Merci beaucoup, Rhonda douce! Les jours heureux à vous la belle Tour Eiffel!