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The Eiffel Tower

Known as the most visited paid-monument worldwide it was once famous for being the tallest structure on the planet for 40 years until 1930 when the Chrysler Building in the United States was built.

This tower is one of the most visited attractions in France and it is worldwide recognized as one of the most important symbols of this country. The Eiffel Tower was first known as “The Tower of 330 meters” (due to its exact height) and nowadays it´s sometimes called “The Iron Lady”.

It was designed by Gustave Eiffel with the support of the architect Stephen Sauvestre and engineers Emile Nouguier and Maurice Koechlin. The main reason of its building was to become the highlight of the 1889 World´s Fair to be held in Paris. It is located in Champ de Mars, on the shores of Siena River.

It was built in exactly 2 years, 2 months and five days; between 1887 and 1889, taking double the expected time, in a period when a lot of attention to social progress, interpreted through architectonical and technological development, was being paid despite of the disturbing economical times due to a French Third Republic that could barely keep the country together.

This radical proyect had many detractors counting French artists among the most influential ones. Much esceptisism arosed back at the time of the building, though many personalities supported the proyect and Eiffel made sure to give the structure a good use (telecommunications, military and scientific research).

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