On March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower was dedicated in Paris in a ceremony presided over by Gustave Eiffel, the tower’s designer, and attended by French Prime Minister Pierre Tirard, a handful of other dignitaries, and 200 construction workers.
The tower is 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building, and the tallest structure in Paris. Its base is square, measuring 125 metres (410 ft) on each side. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to become the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years until the Chrysler Building in New York City was finished in 1930.
To give another indication of its height the highest summit in the Netherlands is Vaalserberg which is 2 meters lower then the Eiffel tower.
Both buildings have been surpassed throughout the years by many other buildings. The Eiffel tower however has remained its iconic status.
Below are some pictures if the Eiffel tower throughout the ages.
20 March 1888: Completion of the first level.
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, left, explores the completed tower with a friend.
The Eiffel Tower during the Nazi occupation, 1940
Adolf Hitler visits Paris with architect Albert Speer (left) and artist Arno Breker (right), June 23, 1940.
American soldiers watch the French flag flying on the Eiffel Tower, c. 25 August 1944
A. Citroen DS 19 in front of the Eiffel Tower, 1960
Zazie in the metro poses in front of the Eiffel Tower – 1960
Paris to protect Eiffel Tower from terror attacks with 8ft bullet-proof glass wall
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