An emblematic monument of Paris, the Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World's Fair. It is now the most visited paying monument in the world, with 6.893 million visitors in 2007. We invite you to discover some -the secrets of the "Iron Lady".
Initially named the 300-meter tower, this monument was thought by Eiffel as a "summary of contemporary science". It is located at the end of the Champ-de-Mars, bordering the Seine. You can visit it, see how much it cost to climb up top : Eiffel Tower ticket prices
The project of entrepreneur Gustave Eiffel, engineers Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier, and architect Stephen Sauvestre is finally selected among 107 projects. Gustave Eiffel signs an agreement with the government, January 8, 1887.
This project represented an extraordinary technical feat for the time: its design required 5300 drawings made by 50 engineers and designers. More than a hundred workers prefabricated more than 18,000 pieces in the workshop and 132 workers worked on the construction site during assembly.
In 1856, Eiffel met Charles Nepveu, a contractor in metal construction. He demonstrates his engineering skills by building the Bordeaux railway bridge in 1858.
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Gustave Eiffel is also famous for having contributed to the Statue of Liberty of New York and for having participated in the construction of the Briare Canal Bridge (1896).