Sunday, August 15, 2010

La dame de fer

The iron woman.... a popular nickname for the 1889 iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris that has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. Yeah!! now you know it.. I am talking about the beautiful landmark in the city of love..Eiffel Tower..The tower stands 324 m (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building.

 Thomas Edison visited the tower. He signed the guestbook with the following message— To M Eiffel the Engineer the brave builder of so gigantic and original specimen of modern Engineering from one who has the greatest respect and admiration for all Engineers including the Great Engineer the Bon Dieu, Thomas Edison.

Really it is a marvel of architectures...with a lot of history.. the cosmic rays were found here by  Father Theodor Wulf  who measured radiant energy at the top and bottom of the tower, discovering at the top more than was expected. France installed a radio transmitter located in the tower jammed german radio communications during the lead-up to the First Battle of the Marne.During the German occupation of Paris in 1940, the lift cables were cut by the French so that Adolf Hitler would have to climb the steps to the summit. . When visiting Paris, Hitler chose to stay on the ground. It was said that Hitler conquered France, but did not conquer the Eiffel Tower. 

There is a restaurant which was was re-assembled from 11,000 pieces that crossed the Atlantic in a 40-foot (12 m) cargo container and a major place of attraction for witness the love escapades.

As a landmark representing Paris, it is also a famous destination for lovers to propose under  the tower. Apart frm that the picturesque Paris has its own beauty. There are lots of  hotels in Paris city centre, where you can stay with your loved one and spend your holidays in romance... so Why are you being late... :P..Book right now... and don't forget to visit the Place de la Bastille which is a district of great historical significance, not only for Paris, but for France, too. Because of its symbolic value, the square has often been a site of political demonstrations and Champs-Élysées  is a seventeenth century garden-promenade-turned-avenue connecting the Concorde and Arc de Triomphe. It is one of the many tourist attractions and a major shopping street of Paris.

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