“The Iron Lady”, as it is sometimes called, has not always been the loved structure it is today. During its planning and construction phase, many protested against the construction of the Eiffel Tower. Many called it an eyesore and the papers were filled with angry letters from the arts communities in Paris.
Even after its construction, the Eiffel Tower was highly controversial amongst the Parisians. One famous quote is from Guy de Maupassant, who hated the tower but still went to its restaurant every day. When asked why, he said it was because it is the only place in Paris were one cannot see the structure.
Source: Ultra Facts