The Eiffel Tower took only two years, two months and three days to construct and it was built at the turn of the 20th century as the centrepiece of the Exposision Universelle which was intended to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the French Revolution.
However, it was built against great opposition from many of the leading artists, authors and composers of the day who objected to it on the ground that it would spoil the Parisian skyline and overpower many of its famous landmarks such as the Tour St. Jacques, Notre Dame, The Louvre, and the Arc De Triomphe.
Gustave Eiffel was a very talented engineer and businessman and his company built bridges and railway stations in many European and South American countries. It still continues as a very successful enterprise having built the Normandy bridge and being one of the main contractors in the wonderful Millau bridge.
When completed, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world and remained so for thirty years until the construction of the Chrysler building in 1930.
It is one of the most instantly recognisable constructions in the world and is now an icon of Paris.