The Eiffel Tower...The World's Largest Door? -The Modernist Son

Credit: Karen King, retrieved October 9, 2020.


The Eiffel Tower located in Paris, France, has been known throughout popular culture as one of the most romantic landmarks in the world following its presence in popular movies such as the 2004 comedy Eurotrip (one of my favourite movies). Despite its significance as a symbol of love and endearment (such as couples taking photos in front of the structure on their Instagram accounts), the Eiffel Tower's original purpose was to serve as the world's largest door (more on this shortly).

The Structure's History:

The building and construction of the Eiffel Tower started in 1887, and its name comes from the engineer responsible for the design- Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923). Although the world-renowned tower is an important romantic landmark, its original purpose was to be used as an observation and broadcasting station for the city of Paris. Keeping that in mind, the Eiffel Tower also served another purpose when it was opened to the public in 1889. Furthermore, the Eiffel Tower is more or less the world's largest door in terms of its original use. So, what does this mean?

World's Largest Door:

The Eiffel Tower opened to the public March 31, 1889 to coincide with the one-hundredth anniversary for the beginning of the French Revolution, which lasted from 1789 to 1799. In terms of the Eiffel Tower being a door, this concept directly relates to the World's Fair of 1889. Moreover, guests were invited to attend the World's Fair of 1889 which marked the one hundred years since the French Revolution. Engineer Gustave Eiffel wanted to make this event special, so the Eiffel Tower itself became the entrance to the actual festival. Thus, establishing the Eiffel Tower as the world's largest door in the process. Nevertheless, the Eiffel Tower remains a significant aspect of popular culture through its presence in films, books, television, and social media. Although the tower itself originally existed as a giant gate for the World's Fair, it has become much more significant to society as a symbol of love and romance.

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