The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron landmark built on the Champ de Mars beside the River Seine in Paris, France. Standing tall at 984 feet (300 metres), the tower was the world’s tallest structure when it was built in 1889.
The tower is named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel. The structure when it was built as the entrance of an arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World’s Fair, marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution.
The tower was met with resistance from the public when it was built, with many calling it an eyesore. Eiffel had a permit for the tower to stand for 20 years, meaning it would have been dismantled in 1909, when its ownership would revert to the City of Paris.
The City had planned to tear it down but as the tower proved valuable for communication purposes, it was allowed to remain after the expiry of the permit. To-day, the Eiffel Tower is possibly the most recognised monument in the world.
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