The Eiffel Tower In Paris Is The Theme Of This Attractive Fridge Magnet
‘The Iron Lady’, as The Eiffel Tower is often called, is the theme of this resin fridge magnet. This magnificent structure has been a central feature on the Parisian skyline since it was erected in 1889. The bright use of colour in this piece of memorabilia really serves to emphasise the subject matter. Ask anyone what three things they imagine when they think of the French capital and they will almost certainly include this amazing tower. It is well deserving of being presented in an attractive manner as it is here. The presented view is that from the Champ de Mars (field of Mars) a large green park which is situated between the Eiffel Tower and the École Militaire. The name of the park originates from the fact that the area was previously used by the French military for drilling and marching.
Mireille Mathieu - Sous le ciel de Paris
The Man Behind The Tower, Gustave Eiffel
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (known as Gustave Eiffel) was born in Dijon, France on 15 December 1832. The family was originally from Germany and their actual surname was Bönickhausen. They re-named themselves Eiffel in reference to the Eifel Mountains. Eiffel was unenthusiastic about his studies until the latter part of his school career but he gained a place at first Collège Sainte-Barbe, then the École centrale des arts et manufactures; both in Paris. He graduated in Chemistry and began working for railway engineer Charles Nepveu. Eiffel’s career progressed until, in 1968, he formed the company Eiffel et Cie with Théophile Seyrig. This partnership was dissolved in 1879 and the Compagnie des Establissments Eiffel was formed. It was this company that was to be instrumental in the construction of the world famous Eiffel Tower.
The History Of The Eiffel Tower
The tower was erected in 1889 to form the entrance to the World Exposition which took place in Paris that year; it was originally intended to be a temporary structure. This did not prove to be the case. Despite some reservations at the time the tower survived to become an iconic feature of Parisian life. The original design for the historic building was instigated by Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier, senior engineers who were working for the Compagnie des Establissments Eiffel. It was only after enhancements were made to the design, by head architect Stephen Sauvestre, that Eiffel himself purchased the patent from Koechlin, Nougier and Sauvestre. He exhibited and promoted the design but nothing further happened until after a budget for the Exposition was passed on 1 May 1886. The competition to provide the structure for the Exposition was structured in such a way as to make it almost a foregone conclusion that Eiffel’s design would win. This proved to be the case and the contracts were signed on 8 January 1887. The design for the Eiffel Tower was not universally popular; several members of the Parisian artistic community believed it would impinge on the natural beauty of the city. Despite this, construction commenced at the end of January 1887 and was completed at the end of March 1889. The official opening of the tower took place on 6 May 1889 and it was an instant success with the public who paid two francs to visit the first level, three to visit the second and five francs to go to the third level.
Visiting the Eiffel Tower
Considering it was originally not universally popular the Eiffel tower has endured through the years. It is one of the must see sights on any visit to Paris. If you want to visit when it is quieter the low season in Paris runs from October to March; although, it has to be said that the weather, particularly from November to February, can be miserable. The Tower is accessible, for the first two levels, by stairs or elevator. The third level is only accessible by elevator. It can be hard going to walk up the stairs, but the price is cheaper. One thing is certain; the view from the third level is spectacular. If you do take the stairs, restaurants are situated on the first and second floors should you need refreshment. After your visit why not visit World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store and buy this resin fridge magnet to help keep your memories alive. In fact, even if you never get to Paris, why not treat yourself to this little piece of Eiffel Tower memorabilia anyway.