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The signature feature of the 1889 Universal Exposition, a celebration of the centenary of the French Revolution, that is today the most popular tourist attraction in Paris.
Facts and Figures
Designer and Chief Contractor Alexandre Gustave Eiffel
Construction Time 2 years, 2
months, 5 days
Total Height 1,063 feet (324
meters), including communications antenna
Composition 18,038 pieces of
iron and steel; 2,500,000 rivets
Eiffel's design was one of about 700 submitted to the Exposition committee, and was that committee's unanimous choice.
When the design of the structure was made public, some 300 Parisians signed a petition calling it "useless and monstrous," and nature lovers were afraid the structure would interfere with the flight of birds over Paris.
The Tower was almost torn down at the expiration of its 20-year lease in 1909, but was saved because of its antenna, then being used for telegraphy. It became part of the International Time Service in 1910, and served as an important military observation station during World War I. Antennas atop the structure have been transmitting radio signals since 1918, and television signals since 1957.
The official website of the Eiffel Tower is www.tour-eiffel.fr.
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