Alexander Dumas, Emile Zola, Paul Verlane and Guy Maupassant “What! This is the atrocity which the French have created to give us an idea of their boasted taste…the grotesque mercenary invention of a machine builder” – Intellectuals write letter protesting proposed Eiffel tower in Paris.

Alexander Dumas, Emile Zola, Paul Verlane and Guy Maupassant | A group of notables on their long submitted, rather overexcited letter protesting at 'the deflowering of Paris' in 1888.
Source: At home p.310
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The Eiffel Tower of course became the most famous and popular tourist attraction in Paris, and is now universally regarded as a testament to the building arts.

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