"At the end of the 19th century, building a 300-meter high tower in the heart of Paris, the tallest in the world at the time, was an incredible challenge, on the order of science fiction", declared during a press point Jean-François Martins, president of Sete (Eiffel Tower operating company), in which the City of Paris holds 99% of the capital.
"We need scientists, people who believe it is possible to solve great equations deemed impossible, as Eiffel did. We need to celebrate the spirit and the creative genius that was his to collectively restore ambition science at a time when the climate issue poses a number of technological challenges," added the adviser from Paris.
The events will take place from May to November. In Paris, visitors to the Iron Lady will be able to dive into the world of Gustave Eiffel thanks to an immersive journey during which the engineer will appear to tell the story of this initially controversial construction.
A UNESCO-certified exhibition will be installed on the forecourt of the monument during the summer and the tower will be the scene in the fall of an electro performance by DJ Michel Canitrot. A commemorative stamp will also be marketed from March 27.
In addition to those made in France (Garabit viaduct, framework of the Palais Galliera, dome of the observatory in Nice, bridges in Bordeaux and Chinon, etc.), several hundred works designed by Eiffel and its workshops have been identified around the world. .
Among them, the frame of the emblematic Statue of Liberty in New York, the Porto bridge over the Douro, the Budapest train station, but also bridges in China, Vietnam, Egypt and Bolivia, churches in Peru and Chile...
A census is still in progress, in particular of lighthouses built on the Baltic Sea, in Estonia.
On the occasion of the centenary, the ADGE association, which brings together around fifty descendants of the Eiffel family, filed a request a few weeks ago for their ancestor to be pantheonized at the Elysée.
"Gustave Eiffel shines the image of France around the world because he has never stopped innovating. He embodies industrial France and will have been a leader with advanced social ideas", pleads his great-great -granddaughter Myriam Larnaudie-Eiffel, who considers it "urgent to restore importance to the scientific pantheon which is currently insufficiently represented".
A chemist by training, the centralien has in fact spent more than 25 years doing research in aeronautics and aerodynamics, an often ignored part of his life.
In 2022, the Eiffel Tower welcomed 6,2 million visitors and some 21 million in total on the forecourt, for a turnover of 100 million euros, 80% of which came from ticketing, according to Sete.
The monument is currently undergoing a 20th painting campaign to preserve the structure from corrosion. An investment of 84 million euros for work that takes place on average every seven years.
Built in just two years for the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was originally designed to last 20 years and accommodate 500.000 people. At first controversial, it then became a symbol of Paris and then of France.
Born in Dijon in 1832, Gustave Bonickhausen, known as Eiffel, was to take over his uncle's chemical factory but he finally turned to metal construction, following a family quarrel. The Eiffel Tower consecrates the international reputation of the engineer, who received 14 French and foreign decorations in his career, including that of "dignitary of
Imperial Order of the Rising Sun".
A stamp to commemorate the centenary of the death of Gustave Eiffel
On March 27, 2023, La Poste issues a block of a postage stamp on the occasion of the centenary of the disappearance of Gustave Eiffel.
ADGE and La Poste - Philaposte: together in 2023, for a beautiful tribute to Gustave Eiffel!
The Association of Descendants of Gustave Eiffel, created in 1995 by the Eiffel family, works to defend the memory and image of Gustave Eiffel, engineer, scientist, illustration of French genius, as well as to safeguard his many works.
It is therefore quite natural that the ADGE and Philaposte come together in 2023 to commemorate with one voice the centenary of his death.
- Creation and engraving: Sarah LAZAREVIC
- Printing: intaglio
- Stamp size: 52 x 40,85 mm
- Presentation: block of 1 stamp
- Face value: €1,80 International
- Block format: 130 x 85 mm
- Circulation: 350.000 copies
- Date stamp graphic design: Sarah LAZAREVIC