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Tour Eiffel

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nwolpert published on 01/30/2017 4:05 p.m. :
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View on the Champ de Mars and the Place du Trocadéro at the time of the great world exhibition of 1900. More than 76,000 exhibitors were represented on a 216 hectare exhibition area. On the Champ de Mars, countless attractions were specially designed for this purpose. Examples for this are:

- The machine hall dedicated to agriculture and food in 1900 (background)
- The "Grand Roue", a ferris wheel with a diameter of 100 meters, which was one of the main attractions (far right)
- Pavillon d'Algérie, where the culture and know-how of the country were presented (front left and right)
- The Celestial Globe ("Globe Céleste", far right). This was a sphere of 45 m diameter, which stood on an 18 m high base. Visitors entered the interior of the ball via stairways and could observe wandering panoramas of the solar system from an armchair. A tragic accident occurred when the concrete fundament broke, so that the globe rolled onto the neighboring Avenue de Suffren and buried 9 people under itself.
- Marerama (building with four corner towers between the ferris wheel and the globe): Here for visitors it was simulated the feeling of being on the deck of a ship with a panorama of the large Mediterranean ports.

Several other buildings were devoted to different nations, or they dealt with crafts, science, and technical innovations.

In comparison, today's square around the Eiffel Tower appears quite empty.


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