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The Eiffel Tower
Transcript of The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower was built in Paris in 1889. It was built and designed by Gustave Eiffel. It was constructed for the International Exhibition of Paris respecting the centenary of the French Revolution. At 300 metres tall and 7000000kg, it was the tallest building in the world until 1930. The Eiffel tower was almost never going to be constructed. After Gustave was given the contract to built the tower, he found out the exhibition committee would only pay for a quarter of the money to build the Eiffel Tower. The rest of the money had to be financed from Gustave Eiffel himself. He then came across a deal that would make him a very rich man. Gustave Eiffel then agreed independently to find someone to fund his tower but he wanted sole control for his tower and its profits for twenty years. They agreed. Everyone was surprised by this agreement including Gustave Eiffel, the tower was then paid off in the first year.
In January 1887 the work of the foundation started. The men that were working on the east and the south legs were straight forward. Each leg rested on 6m concrete slabs. On June the 30th the foundation work was completed and the iron work started. The drawing office drew many drawings, 1700 general drawings and 3629 detailed drawings of the 18038 different parts needed. No drilling or shaping was done on the construction of the Eiffel Tower. If any part did not fit it was sent back to the factory to be changed. Altogether there were 18038 pieces joined by two and half million rivets.
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What is it
The Eiffel Tower is an iron structure located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was named after an engineer Gustave Eiffel, his company designed and built the tower. The Eiffel Tower is now the global icon for both France and Paris. It is also one of the most recognisable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower is the tallest structure in Paris and has been most-visited paid monument in all the world, 7.1 million people visited the Eiffel Tower in 2011.
By Malisa Hassos