The Eiffel Tower was built in honor of the World’s Fair in 1889. This year was also the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. Work started in 1887 and lasted 2 years, until 1889.
The inauguration took place on March 31, 1889, and it was officially opened on May 6, 1889.
The Eiffel Tower was designed by engineer Gustave Eiffel, and is thus named after him.
About 250 steel workers provided the construction of this tower. The Eiffel Tower consists of 18038 pieces of steel which are bolted together. The people of Paris were not very happy with the arrival of the Eiffel Tower in the first few years. The “iron skeleton” disrupted the street scene. The Eiffel Tower was originally supposed to remain standing for only 20 years, but soon the tower proved to be very valuable for communication.
The first long-distance radio message was sent from the Eiffel Tower on Jan. 12, 1908. On Jan. 3, 1956, the top of the Eiffel Tower was damaged by a fire.
The restaurant, which was located in the top of the tower was removed in the 1980s. Currently there are 2 restaurants in the Eiffel Tower, Altitude 95 and Le Jules Verne. In 2000, a lot of lights were mounted on the Eiffel Tower. Since then, there has been a spectacular light show every night.