Author Ges Milton writes about Edward Watkin, an Englishman who wanted to outdo Gustav Eiffel and his tower on his blog Surviving History. It’s a crazy story. I had never heard of the Watkin’s Tower before.
It was the crowning achievement of his career. And it was the beginning of a feud.
At the 1889 inauguration of his famous Paris tower, Gustav Eiffel was feted as a French national hero.
But among the few who did not appreciate his iron skyscraper was a patriotic Englishman named Edward Watkin.
Read the article at Giles Milton: A TALE OF TWO TOWERS: THE FABULOUS FOLLY OF EDWARD WATKIN.
If the Eiffel Tower makes you think of a direction, I’m willing to bet it’s up. But for some people, the iconic French landmark can also mean down.
Down, as into a “secret” military bunker that has an entrance just feet from the south pillar, or leg, of the tower, and which then goes underground and which is full of Eiffel Tower history and even legend.
Secret of course, is a marketing term when it comes to this bunker, since it is open for a small number of weekly public visits. But because it belonged to the French military, it comes with a heady dose of intrigue.
Story by Daniel Terdiman; Photo by Joseph Plotz