Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
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Top interesting facts about the Eiffel tower:
Initially, the Eiffel Tower was scheduled to be demolished after 20 years. It was built to display the French industrial mastery during a World Fair and then they would tear it down, to use the land. But Gustave Eiffel installed a radio antenna with a wireless telegraph transmitter inside the tower.
In November 1898, after a very first radio contact in Morse code with Parthenon (Greece), they decided to permanently install a transmitting station on the tower. One year later, they were able to communicate with London via radio transmission. The tower became very useful for the country, so they decided against the idea of destroying it. :)
Another interesting fact is that there is a private apartment that you can visit when it is open to the public. Gustave Eiffel, the genius behind the design, included this apartment for himself and organized many 'parties' which included famous guests like Thomas Edison.
Interestingly enough, during World War II, Hitler and his army occupied France and he ordered the Eiffel Tower to be destroyed. It proved to be unsuccessful. The German General Choltitz took credit for sparing the destruction of the Eiffel Tower. He intentionally disobeyed the order, and luckily since the war was near the end, it was never demolished.
A cool piece of history also came from that era. When the French Resistance, discovered that the Germans were planning to hoist their flag on the tower, they cut the elevator cable, so that it forced the Nazis to go up the stairs to raise up their flag.
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