When I think of Paris, right away an image of The Eiffel Tower pops into my head, followed by thoughts of romance, croissants, fashion, pink poodles, and people with accents. It is the romance part that gets me! I would love to travel to Paris, stand in front of the Eiffel Tower, and share a romantic moment with my husband. But, for now, I’ll just sew along during week 5 with the Big City Girl QAL, hosted by Aylin and Amy. This week Sylvie who is French, shared some beautiful pictures and designed a great paper-pieced block of the Eiffel Tower which can be downloaded from her website-La Famille Creative.
The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower built by Gustave Eiffel and was the entrance arch to the 1889 Worlds fair, celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the French Revolution. The Eiffel Tower is 1,063 feet tall and was the tallest building in the world for 41 years. The record was broken in 1930 with the building of The Chrysler building in New York City .
The World’s Fair 1889 –
Gustave Eiffel had a 20 year permit for the tower, and it was suppose to be dismantled in 1909. The tower was not taken down because it was being used for communication purposes. During WWI radio transmitters were placed on the tower to Jam German communications. During WWII and the German occupation in 1944, Hitler ordered the tower to be destroyed, but was talked into saving it for communication purposes. Since 1889, over 250,000,000 people have visited the tower. It is the most visited paid monument in the world. A symbol of Paris and a symbol of love.
“La Tour Eiffel”