The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was built between 1887 and 1889 by Gustave Eiffel. Its official inauguration was on March 31, 1889 and it was opened to the public on May 6, 1889.
Thr Eiffel tower was built as an entrance arch for the world exhibition in Paris in 1889. The tower rises to a height of 985 feet and for over forty years it was the highest structure in the world. The top can be reached by using lifts and stairs. The structure is composed of triangular sections and this allowed the engineers to build the tower so high.
As a global landmark, the Eiffel Tower is featured in media including films, video games, and television shows.
In a commitment ceremony in 2007, Erika Eiffel, an American woman, "married" the Eiffel Tower. Her relationship with the tower has been the subject of extensive global publicity.
As one of the most iconic structures in the world, the Eiffel Tower has been the inspiration for the creation of over 30 duplicates and similar towers around the world.
An early example is the Blackpool Tower in England. Mayor Sir John Bickerstaffe was so impressed on seeing the Eiffel Tower at the 1889 Exhibition that he invested in a similar tower for his own city.
The Eiffel tower is famous because it was the tallest structures in the world at time of its construction in 1889. It has become a Paris icon and a symbol of romance. More people pay to see the Eiffel tower each year than any other attraction in the world.
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