The Eiffel Tower recently celebrated its 125th anniversary this year on the 31st of March.
The tower was designed in 1889, by Gustave Eiffel, to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the French Revolution.
Gustave never expected the tower to last more than 20 years and it has outlived everyone’s expectations, becoming a internationally famous icon and bringing around 7 million visitors to France each year.
The Eiffel Tower wasn’t always as admired as it is today. When the tower was first designed, many called it a monstrosity with other artists calling the structure ugly.
However, when the tower opened to the public on March 31st March, 1889, it was an instant hit, over 30,000 people coming to admire the tower and climb the 1,710 stairs to the view at the top.
The Eiffel Tower remained the tallest manmade structure until 1930 when the New York City Chrysler building was built.
Every 8 years, it take 25 workers the entire year to clean, scrape and repaint the Eiffel Tower in an effort to keep it looking its best.
Article written by D Mulhern