The Eiffel Tower, evidence of 19th century French engineering supremacy, have since influenced architecture all over the world with its structure and beauty.
The Eiffel Tower had a huge impact on France. It was was the focal point of the International Exposition in 1889 and drew millions of people to Paris. Nearly two million people visited the Eiffel Tower in 1889 alone. One of the most visited places in the world, the Eiffel Tower attracted over 200 million people since its creation in 1889. Tourists from all over come to see the tower’s wonder and learn of Paris’ rich history. This flow of tourism greatly contributes to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
Originally intended as a temporary exhibit, the Eiffel Tower was almost torn down and melted in 1909. City officials opted to save it after recognizing its value as a radiotelegraph station. Several years later, during World War I, the Eiffel Tower intercepted enemy radio communications and was used to dispatch emergency troop reinforcements. It escaped destruction a second time during World War II: Hitler initially ordered the demolition of the city’s most cherished symbol, but the command was never carried out. Also during the German occupation of Paris, French resistance fighters cut the Eiffel Tower’s elevator cables so that the German Nazis had to climb the stairs.
The Eiffel Tower has also inspired more than 30 replicas and similar structures in various cities around the world. In Las Vegas, Nevada many of Paris’ landmarks have been replicated to scale; including the Eiffel Tower, as the center of the attraction, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre. While some are not identical copies, they nevertheless they maintain the general shape and structure of the original; these can be found in countries such as Japan, China, and the United States. Other countries, such as Mexico and Guatemala, have gone to extent of maintaining the integrity of the original design. Neighboring countries such as England, Spain, and Germany, also erected similar structures in their major cities. The Eiffel Tower, a massive cultural landmark since the World Fair in 1889, displayed to the world France’s progression into the industrial age.
The tower quickly became a tourist attraction and brought large amounts of money into France’s economy. After originally being thought of as an eyesore (it was actually designed to be torn down easily after the end of the Exposition), the tower quickly became a national symbol of France and brought a sense of pride to the people who live there.