The Eiffel Tower Trivia Challenge

The Eiffel Tower Trivia Challenge

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  Introduction. The Eifel Tower is one of the most visited tourist attraction in the world. Prior to its construction, the plan for the tower was submitted to the design competition by the civil engineer Gustave Eiffel, already well-known for such works as the arched Gallery of Machines for the Paris Exhibition of 1867, the dome for the Nice Observatory, a harbor in Chile, a 541-foot arched bridge in Garabit, France, a pre-constructed spanned bridge in China, and an iron bridge at Bordeaux (the construction of which involved the first use of compressed air to drive piles).The Eiffel Tower was perhaps more carefully and meticulously planned than any macro project in history—and all the planning was done by Eiffel himself. In fact, planning may have taken longer than building. As a result of such fastidious preparation, the project was finished ahead of schedule. It took tremendous planning to foresee that most of the parts would have to be forged, machined, and assembled off-site and then installed. It remained one of the world's most efficiently managed macro project till date.