Eiffel Tower is an iron tower situated beside the Seine River in Paris. It is one of the most recognizable and popular structures of the world. In fact it is one of the most spectacular landmarks in Paris. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris. More than 200,000,000 people have visited the tower since its construction in 1889.
Eiffel Tower was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World's Fair marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. To create the Eiffel Tower, about three hundred workers joined together 18,038 pieces of puddled iron, using two and a half million rivets, in a structural design by Maurice Koechlin. The tower was inaugurated on 31 March 1889, and opened on 6 May. Including the 24 m (79 ft) antenna, the structure is 324 m (1,063 ft) high (since 2000), which is equivalent to about 81 levels in a conventional building. The metal structure of the Eiffel Tower weighs 7,300 tonnes while the entire structure including non-metal components is approximately 10,000 tonnes.
So, that was a little bit of history. Now, let's take a look at the following images and try to feel how with time, Eiffel Tower took shape. Yes, I am talking about the construction stages of Eiffel Tower, depicted through pictures. Take a look.
The structural design stage.
Start of construction.
Construction of a Pillar
Four pillars gradually taking shape.
Eiffel tower in March, 1888
Eiffel Tower in September, 1888
Eiffel Tower in December, 1888
Completed Eiffel Tower in March, 1889
Present day Eiffel Tower