Eiffel (of Tower Fame) Church

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by bobhoge, May 23, 2007.

  1. Most of you know that the Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World's Fair in Paris, but there is more to the story...

    Next to the Tower, Gustav Eiffel also built a steel church. The two buildings jointly won the first prize for exhibits at the fair. After the fair was over, the church was dismantled and the parts were taken to Belgium. Then El Boleo, a French mining company, purchased the parts and shipped them on a sailing ship to Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, Mexico, where they had a copper mining operation.

    The curch was re-assembled in Santa Rosalia in 1897, where it is still in use today.

    Exterior:
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    Interior:
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    Seen on our trip to Baja California in April.
    Bob & Nan
     
  2. This is way cool, both the pictures and the story. Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. murreywalker

    murreywalker

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    Mar 25, 2005
    Thanks for the post, Bob.

    Very informative story to go along with the shots.

    Murrey
     
  4. haze2

    haze2

    780
    Mar 18, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Great story! Thanks for the post.
     
  5. I did not think about it when I started this post, but of course the sailing ship (which probably carried the copper from the mining operation back to France) would have sailed around Cape Horn. The Panama Canal did not open until 20 years later. That would have been quite a trip!

    Bob & Nan
     
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