Have you ever wondered what the ideas were behind grandiose monuments of the past?
Humans always have their many interesting stories to tell, but buildings have much more than that. Sometimes these storıes are even stranger than fiction.
Here we relay some of these stories to you, with all the humor, the irony, and the regret, behind the world-famous buildings.
Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
Any proper history of the Eiffel Tower must begin with the admission that, in the very beginning, the French were none too pleased to discover a giant needle disrupting their once-unobstructed panorama. Built as an entrance to the 1889 World Fair in the 100th anniversary of the French revolution, the all-steel structure seemed to rise oddly in an all classic Paris.
It was heartily disliked by Parisian intellects and artists who signed that manifesto : “We, writers, painters, sculptors, architects, passionate lovers of the beauty, until now intact, of Paris, hereby protest with all our might, with all our indignation, in the name of French taste gone unrecognized, in the name of French art and history under threat, against the construction, in the very heart of our capital, of the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower.”
The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
They’re over 3,000 years old, and we still don’t have a good idea as to how they were built or how the Egyptians made them so precise (were aliens involved?). The three pyramids align to the stars and the solstices and contain tons of chambers that still haven’t been (and cannot be) opened.
Originally, the pyramids of Egypt were covered with a shining reflective layer made from polished white limestone. This would have made them a truly dazzling sight and thus an appropriate symbol of the grandeur of the pharaohs. They would have been visible from the mountains of Israel or even from space. Unfortunately, this outer layer of stones was destroyed by a powerful earthquake which occurred in 1301.