Many people believe that the Eiffel Tower is a television or radio tower, but it was actually built purely for the sake of being impressive and beautiful. It was built in 1889 by an engineer called Gustave Eiffel, who constructed it especially for the 1889 World’s Fair, where it was used as the entrance to the fair.
At first many people didn’t like the tower. Guy de Maupassant was one of them, and he used to have lunch there every day, only because it was the only spot in Paris where you couldn’t see the ugly tower. Since then, the tower has become a proud symbol of France, and today it is the most visited paid monument in the world (second place is held by the Colosseum in Rome).
Tomorrow, on the March 31st, will be its 122nd birthday. Happy birthday, Eiffel Tower!