Why the Eiffel Tower is considered a symbol of France’s technological excellence?

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The Eiffel tower was built for the World Exhibition that was held to celebrate the Centenary of the French Revolution of 1789. It was meant to be a temporary construction, and was built so that it could be easily dismantled. However, more than a century later, it is still standing as a symbol of France’s technological excellence.

The tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel, known for his revolutionary building techniques. Each one of the about 12,000 iron pieces was designed separately to get the exact shape needed, and these were then fitted together.

When Gustave Eiffel’s company built Paris’ most recognizable monument for the 1889 World’s Fair, many regarded the massive iron structure with skepticism. Today, the Eiffel Tower, which continues to serve an important role in television and radio broadcasts, is considered an architectural wonder and attracts more visitors than any other paid tourist attraction in the world.

The Eiffel tower, inaugurated on March 31st 1889, is probably Europe’s best known landmark.