Happy birthday to Paris's 130-year-old Iron Lady

The Eiffel Tower as seen from the River Seine

This year is the 130th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower, one of Paris’s most famous landmarks – yet it was originally planned to be dismantled after 20 years.

It was designer Gustave Eiffel’s crowning achievement, but he was responsible for many other iron structures which can still be seen around the world.
The Eiffel Tower was built for the Exposition Universelle of 1889 because organisers wanted to mark the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.

They launched a competition to build an iron tower on the Champ de Mars with a square base, 125 metres across and 300 metres tall. There were 107 entries but Eiffel’s project ...

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