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Paris: Eiffel Tower

Posted in Europe, Sculptures & Monuments, Worldwide Travel Destinations  by admin on April 30th, 2008

The Eiffel Tower in Paris is one of the most remarkable symbols of Paris. The history that surrounds the creation of this monstrous and impressive tower is both full of conflicts and controversies, which makes it colorful in the whole sense.

Ultimately, the purpose of building the Eiffel Tower was for the Paris Exposition of 1889. A design competition was initiated for the purpose of choosing the most appropriate design for the soon-to-be erected tower. There have been 700 design entries. However, the entry submitted by a French structural engineer named Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) was unanimously selected. Engineers Mauriche Koechlin and Emile Nouguier and Architect Stephen Sauvestre assisted in finishing this design.

One of the arguments raised regarding the creation of Eiffel Tower was a petition submitted to the city government by well-known personalities during that era including Maupassant, Emile Zola, Charles Garnier and Dumas the Younger. In their petition they regarded the Eiffel Tower as a useless and monstrous tower. Another group that questioned the construction of Eiffel tower was the nature lovers who deliberate that the tower will disturb the flight of birds in Paris. Read the rest of this entry »

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South Dakota: Mount Rushmore

Posted in Sculptures & Monuments, United States, Worldwide Travel Destinations  by admin on April 16th, 2008

When you think of Mount Rushmore, the first thing that comes to mind is the faces of four dignified Presidents of America namely: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Precisely because the four faces are the faces featured in this impressive sculpture with the Black Hills of South Dakota in the background.

Mount Rushmore is the marvelous and impressive masterpiece of Sculptor Gutzon Borglum, which started in 1927 and was completed after 14 years.

Located below the impressive sculpture masterpiece are the 56 flags of the states and territories of America; known as the Avenue of Flags. Going through this path will lead you to the Grandview Terrace and the Presidential Trail, wherein you can have an ideal view of the impressive face sculpture. Read the rest of this entry »