The Eiffel Tower is a freestanding framework tower situated in Paris (France), which during the passing of time has become one of the most well known in the world and a symbol of France.
The construction began in 1887 and finished two years later, with the official opening taking place at the end of March 1889, after all the approximately 12,000 iron pieces were created individually in order to give them the perfect shape which was required and were fit together using more than 7 million nails. It’s main contractor was Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, who remained famous for designing the Eiffel Tower, alongside architect Stephen Sauvestre. The total costs added up to £260,000 in 1889, as most of the money came from Eiffel himself and the French state. The Eiffel Tower was built with the occasion of the World Exhibition in 1889, which took place to celebrate the French Revolution in 1789. During the construction process, the risk of accidents was big due to the fact that, unlike modern structures, the tower is an open frame having no intermediate floors with the exception of the two platforms. Yet Eiffel designed the building in such a way as to take many safety precautions, including the use of movable stagings, guard-rails and screens and as a result there was only one tragic accident, resulting in the death of a worker.
With a high of 324 metres, the Eiffel Tower is on top in a list of the tallest skyscrapers buildings and structures in the Paris region and until 1930 it actually was the tallest man-made structure in the world. During the last two centuries, the structure has also been used for radio transmission and television stations broadcast.
The Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris has been visited by more than 200,000,000 people since it’s inauguration in 1889, a number which makes it the most-visited paid monument in the entire world.