March 31, 1889: The Eiffel Tower Opens
On this day in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was dedicated in a ceremony in Paris. Built in commemoration of the French Revolution, it was the tallest building in the world when it was unveiled at the Paris World’s Fair.
Although it has been surpassed in height by many skyscrapers since then, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel’s chocolate-brown, 984-foot open-lattice wrought-iron tower remains one of the world’s premiere tourist attractions.
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Image: View of the World’s Fair, Paris, France, engraving 1889 (Wikimedia Commons).