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March 31, 1889 - Inauguration of the Eiffel Tower

On March 31, 1889, the 300-meter Tower, a project led by Gustave Eiffel, was inaugurated.

Monumental gateway to the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889, the Iron Lady attracted more than 2 million visitors knowing that the event lasted just under 6 months. It allowed to show the power of France to the eyes of the world by being the highest tower in the world. The goal of 300 meters was reached.

However, its construction was fraught with difficulties. Indeed, the Eiffel Tower was the object of controversy with detractors from all sides. The latter were only waiting for one thing, that the Tower be destroyed.

A petition was signed by the most famous artists. These included Alexandre Dumas fils, Guy De Maupassant, architect Charles Garnier and others. The Eiffel Tower was considered "an odious column of bolted sheet metal" or "useless and monstrous".

Moreover, the 300-meter tower was originally intended to last only 20 years. Indeed, it was initially to be destroyed in 1909. But this was without counting on the genius of Gustave Eiffel. The installation of multiple scientific devices, meteorological and astronomical studies, Gustave Eiffel invited the most famous scientists.

Erected in only 2 years, 2 months and 5 days, discover in the photo below 3 key steps during its construction, modeled in 3D.

the eiffel tower under construction: november 1887; september 1888; march 1889

Discover these 3 stages during the immersive guided tour of the Champ-de-Mars in Paris. Relive its incredible history until its inauguration in 1889.