The Eiffel Tower was originally supposed to be demolished.

That’s right – one of the world’s most beloved landmarks, symbolic of Paris and French culture worldwide, was only supposed to stand for 20 years! The tower was never intended to be permanent; it was only constructed as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair and in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. 

Many Parisians originally did not even like the design of creator Gustave Eiffel! They protested the tower’s construction, thinking that it would be an eyesore. The Eiffel Tower was supposed to be destroyed in 1909, but it was saved from this predetermined fate by an antenna atop the thousand-foot structure! This antenna was being used by telegraph companies at the time and would gradually become incorporated into newer communication technologies such as radio and television. 


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