With its massive concentration of steel perfectly aligned to the four points of the compass, the Eiffel Tower in Paris makes a very good tourist magnet.
It was built as a temporary building for the 1884 Paris World’s Fair, which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.
At the end of the exhibition, the city considered selling the Eiffel Tower for scrap metal, but decided the design wasn’t so bad after all, and the tourists seemed to like it.
So they kept it.
Most people who haven’t actually been to the tower don’t realize that there are shops and restaurants on several levels.
In fact, it is one of the few French public projects that began making a profit within a few months of its completion.
Gustave Eiffel, its designer and builder, fashioned the tower with another purpose in mind as well: He reserved the rooms at the very top for his own personal use, as a trysting place.
One can imagine how the trip up four elevators to the top of Paris would be a successful seduction technique.