The History of the Eiffel Tower
Updated: Jul 11
About 7 million visitors come to see France's iconic tower every year. The Eiffel is now the pearl of Paris, France, and the world, but was it like that at first? History of the Eiffel Tower.
France wanted to do something to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, and artists started competing for it. Gustave Eiffel's design was one of the 107 proposals submitted to the competition. Gustave Eiffel got the approval of the jury, but not from France's leading artists and intellectuals. This group criticized the existence of the Eiffel Tower and thought that its design would spoil the Parisian aesthetic. The Artists' Protest was hardly enough to stop the Eiffel, and the Committee of Three Hundred (one member for every meter of the tower's height) was formed, led by architect Charles Garnier, and which included some of the art's most important figures. A petition was written on behalf of “Artists Against the Eiffel Tower” such as William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Guy de Maupassant, Charles Gounod, sent to the Minister of Labor and Exhibition Commissioner, and this petition was published by Le Temps on February 14, 1887;
We, writers, painters, sculptors, architects, and passionate devotees of the hitherto untouched beauty of Paris, protest with all our might, with all our fury, against the erection of this useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower, in the name of underrated French taste... Notre Dame, Tour Saint-Jacques, Louvre, Dome of Les Invalides, imagine a dizzying, ridiculous tower crushed under the Arc de Triomphe. All our humiliated monuments will be destroyed in this terrible dream. And over the next twenty years... we will see the hateful shadow of the hateful bolted-sheet pillar stretch out like an inkblot.
And they were right! When we think of Paris, the Eiffel comes to mind, right? But the Eiffel did not spoil the aesthetics of Paris, now the Eiffel is the most tourist attraction in France. And we want to end our article with a funny fact; Guy de Maupassant (French Writer) ate lunch every day at the tower's restaurant because it was the only place in Paris where the tower was not visible.