"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.