Just a quick one today. I heard this story on QI (Series F, episode "Fakes and Frauds").
When the Eiffel Tower was originally put up in 1889 for the Paris World Exhibition, people really seemed to love it or hate it. Most Parisians (surprise surprise) really hated it.
In fact, Guy de Maupassant, the French writer, hated the Eiffel Tower so much that his favorite restaurant was in the Eiffel Tower because it was the only place in Paris where he couldn't see it.