January 28th 1887 was an auspicious day for Gustave Eiffel, and for Paris as a whole, for it was the day that construction began on what was to become one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. However, Eiffelâ€™s great iron pylon was never meant to endure for over a century; the Iron Lady, as it is fondly referred to, was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 Worldâ€™s Fair, commemorating the French Revolution, and was supposed to be dismantled 20 years later. 128 years on, the monument is more popular than ever. With improvements being made all the time, last year saw a glass viewing platform added to further thrill â€“ and, some may say, terrify â€“ visitors to the City of Light. Interestingly, the glass platform took roughly the same amount of time to build as the entire tower herself!
We thought it would be fun to show you the various stages of construction â€“ are you ready for a journey back in time?
Construction of the Eiffel Tower was completed at the end of March 1889, and it was opened to the public on May 6th the same year. To date, around 275 million people have visited Eiffelâ€™s most famous European creation.0
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