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'White elephant' projects that defied the critics

Lovemoney Logo By Tom Belger of Lovemoney | Slide 2 of 29: The Eiffel Tower’s design sparked uproar among many in French high society before it had even been finished in 1889. The writer Guy de Maupassant called it a “giant ungainly skeleton”. He and other literary giants fumed in a letter of protest that its shadow would loom “like an inkstain” over Paris for decades to come.

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower’s design sparked uproar among many in French high society before it had even been finished in 1889. The writer Guy de Maupassant called it a “giant ungainly skeleton”. He and other literary giants fumed in a letter of protest that its shadow would loom “like an inkstain” over Paris for decades to come.
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