The Eiffel Tower was built to be the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. Construction was started by Gustave Eiffel's company in January 1887 and completed in March 1889.
It was the tallest structure in the world until the Chrysler Building was built in New York in 1930. Today it is the most visited paid-for monument in the world with over 6 million making the journey to one of it's three viewing levels.
- 1889-03-31 Eiffel Tower officially opens in Paris. Built for the Exposition Universelle, at 300m high it retains the record for the tallest man made structure for 41 years.