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Why was the Eiffel tower going to be torn down?

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2008-11-16 09:32:07

Eiffel had a permit for the tower to stand for 20 years, meaning

it would have had to be dismantled in 1909, when its ownership

would revert to the City of Paris. The City had planned to tear it

down (part of the original contest rules for designing a tower was

that it could be easily demolished) but as the tower proved

valuable for communication purposes, it was allowed to remain after

the expiration of the permit. The military used it to dispatch

Parisian taxis to the front line during the First Battle of the

Marne, and it therefore became a victory statue of that battle.


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