The Eiffel Tower was originally built in the late 19th century and it was done to show what is possible with metal structures. Against all odds, the building was very popular and more remarkable still was the fact that it remained the tallest building in the world for nearly 50 years.
It is estimated that during its existence, over 230 million people have come to visit the tower. Interestingly, it was a very long time before the Eiffel Tower became popular with international tourists.
During the tower’s first year it recorded over 2 million visitors, but it was not until the 1960s, 70 years later, that the tower recorded that same figure again. By 1972 around 3 million people were visiting the tower every year and in the 1980s it reached 5 million. Today the tower sees around 6 million people visiting it every year.
The original reason for the construction of the Eiffel Tower was to be part of the Universal Exhibition which took place in 1889. Despite the tower’s popularity with many people, it was not universally welcomed and many people throughout France wanted to see it demolished. This was despite it being the tallest structure in the world, but some people just thought that it was rather unattractive.
Fortunately, scientists at the time were using it for valuable experiments and the height of its construction was something that couldn’t be found anywhere else. Due to its scientific value, the French government never gave permission for the tower to be destroyed and in fact protected it.
Today, it has become one of the most iconic landmarks, not just in Paris or France, but in the world. The overwhelming popularity of the Eiffel Tower today goes to show the French government made the right decision