When Was The Eiffel Tower Completed
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was the person who designed the Eiffel Tower. He was a French engineer and designer and the Eiffel Tower was built especially for the International Exhibition of Paris in 1889. The tower stands 300 meters (984 feet) tall and has an open framework.
When the exhibition opened, it was the largest attraction and people flocked to see the highest man-made structure in the world at that time. Even today, the majestic Eiffel Tower is the most recognized structure in entire Europe. It is the most visited monument in the world with over 200,000,000 people visiting it since its construction.
The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889 and the construction took 2 years, starting from 1887. When it was finished, it replaced the Washington Monument as the world’s tallest building and it retained this title until 1930 when Chrysler Building in New York was completed. Today, the tower in the fifth tallest structure in France, but it is the tallest in Paris.
The tower was built as the entrance arch for the people visiting the International Exhibition of Paris, which was held to mark the centenary celebration of the French Revolution. Gustave Eiffel has initially thought to build it in Barcelona for the Universal Exposition of 1888 but the local government found the design strange and expensive. After being spurned by Barcelona, Eiffel submitted his design for the Universal Exhibition in Paris.
The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated on March 31, 1889 and it was opened on May 6 of the same year. It took 300 workers to join thousands of pieces of structural iron together using 2.5 million rivets. Its open frame design was a potential accident zone so Eiffel took safety precautions by including use of movable stagings, guard rails and screens.