Well if you haven’t already guess it, the Eiffel Tower the most iconic building in the world, was named after the engineer who built it.
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it was initially criticized by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
On August 30th 1993, the Eiffel Tower marked its 150,000,000 millionth visitor to its infamous tourist spot.
Who was Alexandre Gustave Eiffel?
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was a French civil engineer and architect. A graduate of the prestigious École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures of France, he made his name with various bridges for the French railway network, most famously the Garabit viaduct. He is best known for the world-famous Eiffel Tower.
Gustave Eiffel was born in France; his family adopted the name Eiffel as a reference to the Eifel Mountains in the region from which they had come. Although the family always used the name Eiffel, Gustave’s name was registered at birth as Bönickhausen, and was not formally changed to Eiffel until 1880.
So in a sense if he didn’t formally change his name to Eiffel, this known icon would have known as the Bönickhausen Tower.
Haven’t been to Eiffel Tower yet? No problem, today’s YouTube presentation gives you a bird’s eye of view of what you’re missing, shared by user name Mocomikids;
The design of the Eiffel Tower was originated by Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier, who had discussed ideas for a centerpiece for the 1889 Exposition Universelle.
In May 1884 Koechlin, working at his home, made an outline drawing of their scheme, described by him as “a great pylon, consisting of four lattice girders standing apart at the base and coming together at the top, joined together by metal trusses at regular intervals”.
As we celebrate how on August 30th 1993, 150,000,000 millionth visitor, historical out come today, on today’s day to remember.
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