The Beauty and the Beast

There is really no need for me to name the beauty that you see in the photograph above. It is the Eiffel Tower, constructed in 1889.  It is the tallest iconic structure in Paris standing 1063 ft (324 mt) high above the ground and the global tourist attraction.

The next tallest building to Eiffel Tower was constructed in Paris in 1972. (It may not have remained next tallest by now.) It is named as Tour Montparnasse (Montparnasse Tower). It stands 689 ft (310 mt) high above the ground. A 2008 poll of editors on Virtualtourist voted the building the second ugliest building in the world.  This building was criticized right from the beginning for its simple architecture, gigantic proportions and monolithic appearance. It is considered as out of place in Paris’s urban landscape and, as a result, two years after its completion, the construction of skyscrapers in the city centre was banned.

The photo below captures the glimpse of this Montparnasse Tower, considered to be an ugly beast, from the feet of the beauty – The Eiffel Tower. The stick-like grayish structure standing against the horizon, a little off-center between the feet of Eiffel Tower, is Montparnasse Tower.

These photographs were taken by me in May 1990 on my Camera Yashica FX-7 on 35 mm slide film.



1. Wikipedia



2 thoughts on “The Beauty and the Beast

  1. Hey Shrirang!!
    Leaving a comment after a long time. 🙂
    Although I read all your posts! I really like the title.
    Paris is on my hitlist once I get out of the poor graduate student role. 🙂

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