Yesterday marked the 125th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Originally completed in 1889, the Tower was to be the central feature of the Exposition Universelle (The World Fair) – held that same year to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution. At the time it was the tallest man-made structure in the world (324 metres tall) and it held on to the title for forty years until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930. Initially the tower was to remain standing for only twenty years before being dismantled. However its function as a wireless telegraph transmitter (proving especially useful during WWI when it jammed German radio communication, hindering their advance in the First Battle of the Marne) meant that it was to stay as a permanent fixture. Between 1925 and 1934 the tower also became the world’s largest advertisement, as the French car company Citroen transformed it into a giant, illuminated billboard – they used a quarter of a million light bulbs! Since its opening, the Eiffel tower has welcomed 250 million visitors, and with almost 7 million people coming a year, it is now the most visited paid-for monument in the world.
These photographs have been sourced from The Telegraph, CNN, and the Baltimore Sun.