I ran across this iconic picture of Hitler and his entourage in 1940 walking away from the Eiffel Tower and found it very interesting. Typical politician; never passed up a photo opportunity.
I have always fascinated by the facts that Hitler was not German – was born in Austria – only achieved the lower rank of corporal in the German Army – at one time consider becoming a priest – was not an exceptional brilliant person but somehow managed to become one of the most powerful warlords in the history of the world.
It was the right place and the right time in history for this Golden Tongued, rebellious man to rise to the unbelievable level of power the way he did.
As the story goes, as the Germans invade Paris, the French cut the cables to the lifts (elevators) so the Germans would have a hard time getting to the top of the tower to fly the German flag.
Another myth/story; Hitler wanted to demolish the tower and used the steel for building his war machines but instead decided to use the tower for placing radio antennas for his communications????
At one point the in the tower the lifts actually go up on an angle because of the design of it’s design.
At one time there used to be 2 restaurants part way up the tower The “La Belleomp France” and “Le Parisien”. In 1996, they formed one huge brasserie.
In 1944 Hitler knew that he had lost the war; he instructed one of his generals to demolish the entire city of Paris; including the tower. Fortunately for some unapparent reason the general did not follow his orders for destroying the tower .
Shortly there after the war was over and the iconic tower still stood as it did when it was built for the World’s Fair in 1887.
Eiffel Tower fun facts
- Gustave Eiffel the designer and builder used latticed wrought iron to construct the tower to demonstrate that the metal could be as strong as stone while being lighter.
- Gustave Eiffel also created the internal frame for the Statue of Liberty.
- Construction of the Eiffel Tower cost 7,799,401.31 French gold francs in 1889.
- The Eiffel Tower is 1,063 feet (324 meters) tall, including the antenna at the top. Without the antenna, it is 984 feet (300 m).
- It was the tallest manmade structure until the Chrysler Building was built in New York in 1930.
- The tower was built to sway slightly in the wind, but the sun affects the tower more. As the sun-facing side of the tower heats up, the top moves as much as 7 inches (18 centimeters) away from the sun.
- The sun also causes the tower to grow about 6 inches.
- The Eiffel Tower weighs 10,000 tons.
- There are 5 billion lights on the Eiffel Tower.
- The French have a nickname for the tower: La Dame de Fer, “the Iron Lady.”
- The first platform is 190 feet above the ground; the second platform is 376 feet, and the third platform is almost 900 feet up.
- The Eiffel Tower has 108 stories, with 1,710 steps. However, visitors can only climb stairs to the first platform. There are two elevators.
- One elevator travels a total distance of 64,001 miles (103,000 kilometers) a year.
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By a stroke of good luck and an act of disobedience; the Tower out lasted the Tyrant.
Tyrants come and go but icons never die.