Happy debut day to the Eiffel Tower, which opened on this day in 1889 at the world exhibition in Paris. Though the concept of the tower was initially met with skepticism and dislike, it came to be seen (by most) as a wrought-iron wonder and a masterpiece of architecture.
For forty years the tower stood as the world’s tallest man-made structure, only losing the title in 1930 to New York’s Chrysler Building. Today, of course, this iconic structure is one of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in the world—a symbol of the city in which it stands.
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