The Eiffel Tower was the most innovative structure of its time. Erected out of iron latticework, its construction utilized cutting-edge techniques and materials like iron, concrete, and prefabrication, to be created. Completed in 1889, it surpassed the Washington Monument to become the tallest man-made structure in the world for the next 41 years. It was designed to be used as a temporary entrance for the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, France. Before the tower was built many people, particularly French creatives, hated it. They called it an expensive eyesore and went so far as to create a petition against its completion. The citizens were afraid it would fall, interrupt weather, or even hurt flying birds.
Despite these protests, the Eiffel Tower has become one of (if not the most) recognizable global symbol in the world. Its elegant design and soaring height establishes it as a unique celebration of French culture, power, and progress and continues to be the most-visited paid monument in the world. Eiffel’s ingenious use of iron allowed the structure to be built quickly and efficiently as well as able to be dismantled easily. In a city filled with classical stone buildings reminiscent of Greek and Roman architecture, this tower represents the new Industrial Revolution and the future innovation of technology as a whole.