Friday, September 1, 2006

The Eiffel Tower from any perspective

I'm sure you have seen photos from Eiffel Tower hundreds of times, but did you see the tower from any perspective? The wonderful people at Panoramio have taken photos from everywhere there, from the ground, from the top, from the platforms, from the Champ de Mars, from the river Seine...

I like this photo of a pillar, where the small size of the people give you an idea of how big it is. I also like this unusual perspective very much.

The tower stands 300 m (1000 ft) high, but depending on the temperature the top may "grow" up to 8 cm (3.25 inches), due to expansion of the metal when facing the sun. At the beginning the parisiennes didn't like the tower at all. The writer Guy de Maupassant ate at a restaurant at the tower regularly, because it was the one place in Paris he was sure he wouldn't see it. Comparing the different measures of radiant energy at the top and the bottom of the tower, father Theodor Wulf in 1910 discovered the cosmic rays. There are many copies of Eiffel Tower around the world, but I would say the most perfect one is in Las Vegas, of course.