This guided tour will be in French but is suitable for persons with an intermediate level in French. The speaker will translate when necessary to allow a complete understanding of this talk. This is a perfect way to practice your understanding skills in French.
Please note that our guided tours are free for members. To sign up please email : firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Eiffel Tower: An Iron Lady - INTERMEDIATE LEVEL (A2/B1)
Built for the 1889 World Exhibition, one of the most important events of the end of the 19th century, the Eiffel Tower is an engineering wonder. She looks over Paris with her slim structure. Over the years she has become the symbol of the French capital and even France itself. Today it is one of the must-sees for any tourist and by far the most visited building of the city. However, it was originally meant to be destroyed at the end of the World exhibition!... How and why did it stay in Paris?
Follow Ophélie on a tour of the Eiffel Tower. Discover its history and fun facts: how it was almost sold by a scam, why Hitler tried to blow it up and how it was saved, what impact it had on avant-garde artists and how the most conservative 19th-century public hated this modern symbol…
From its architectural design until today, the Eiffel Tower has had many lives and almost got torn down, bombed, closed, transformed.. In pictures, photos and paintings, the Parisian Iron Lady keeps on having a powerful impact on the collective imagination and she will reveal all her secrets to you...
Who is your guide?
Passionate about art and culture, Ophélie Delacour graduated in cultural mediation from École du Louvre, in Paris. For a couple of years, she worked as a tour guide and organised tours in different Parisian districts and masterpieces (Eiffel Tour, Latin District, Montmartre). In 2019, she cane to Toronto to work for one year at Alliance Française Toronto and offered the first online guided tours during Covid-19. She is now back in France, where she lives and from where she keeps on giving online tours in Toronto.
This Parisian guided tour is part of a series of 4 online talks:
How does it work?
Sign up here and you will recieve a Zoom link the night before the event. The tour is 1h and consists of the discovery of the Eiffel Tower. All of your questions are certainly welcome and the tour will be interactive.
Why a Pay what you can system?
As most cultural institutions, AFT was harshly hit by the Covid-19 crisis. We want to keep on offering you great cultural events and we are transitionning towards full online cultural material. Your financial support for this event will help us face the challenges and keep on with our work. Merci.