In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Muse.”image

The Eiffel Tower is so mobbed with tourists and pickpockets these days, it’s almost more kitsch than muse. Still, it is one of the most recognized and visited monuments in the world, and its profile is linked inextricably with Paris. Inspiring for a structure that was intended to be temporary. When it was first built, many Parisians hated it. Writer Guy de Maupassant used to eat lunch at the base because that was the only place in the city where it didn’t ruin the view.

The tower was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. Engineer Maurice Koechlin came up with and refined the design. That didn’t stop his boss, industrialist Alexandre-Gustav Eiffel, from taking all the credit. So much for egalite.

The monument proved its worth as a radio tower, and as a symbol of defiance when resistance fighters cut the elevator cables so that the Nazi occupiers had to climb the stairs. Hitler ordered its destruction, but didn’t get around to tearing it down.

ET, you deserve to be mobbed, and we tourists are justified to be thrilled by the sight, even if it’s just a tip of the tower.

If you squint you can see it.


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