Published on April 1, 2014
125th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower
March 31, 2014. 125 years ago today, the Eiffel Tower was officially completed in Paris after 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days of construction. It stood as the gateway for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) in honor of the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, and continues to make an impact on the world’s conscious today.
The Eiffel Tower under construction in Paris, France in a series of 11 photographs. Théophile Féau captured the construction of the tower by taking photographs from the tower of the Trocadero at 15 day intervals. (Photo by Getty Images)
The bottom of what will be the Eiffel Tower under construction in 1887, in Paris. (AP Photo)
The foundation of what will be the Eiffel Tower in Paris is seen in 1887. (AP Photo)
Picture showing the building of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 1888. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
7 December 1887: Construction of the legs with scaffolding.
20 March 1888: Completion of 1st level.
15 May 1888: Start of construction of second stage.
21 August 1888: Completion to 2nd level
26 December 1888: Construction of upper stage
15 March 1889: Construction of cupola
The Eiffel Tower in Paris is seen under construction in 1887. (AP Photo)
The Roux, Combaluzier et Lepape lifts during construction: note the drive sprockets and chain in foreground
The elevator at the first level of the Eiffel Tower, during its construction. The elevator is still used for conveying sightseers. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
The staircase of the Eiffel Tower which is still under construction is seen, 1887. Most visitors will use the elevator to get from the first floor to the second floor observatory. (AP Photo)
The Otis lifts originally fitted in the north and south legs
1889: The Eiffel Tower and the Exposition Universelle in Paris. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
1889: View at the 'Exposition Universelle' across the River Seine towards the Eiffel Tower, and the 'Globe Celeste'. The Eiffel Tower, built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, was the central focus of both the 1889 and the 1900 Paris Exhibition site. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
The Trocadero seen through the base of the Eiffel Tower during the Paris exhibition of 1900. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
The Comte Charles de Lambert flies around the Eiffel Tower in Paris in his Wright airplane during his circular tour from Juvisy - Paris - Juvisy. c1914 (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
1889: French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, left, poses high on the steps of the completed Eiffel Tower. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
A view of the newly-built Eiffel Tower, seen from the grounds of the Exposition Universelle or World Fair on the Champ de Mars in Paris. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
Leon Collet, a French airman, was killed in 1926 after flying through the base of the Eiffel Tower. His plane crashed and burned after colliding with cables from a radio antenna.
1929: The Eiffel Tower designed by Gustave Eiffel and erected in 1887 - 1889) in the Champs-de-Mars for the Paris exhibition of 1889. It was the tallest building in the world until 1930. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, as seen from the Trocadero, circa 1925. (Photo by Gall/General Photographic Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1925: The Eiffel Tower seen from Parisian back streets. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Picture taken on November 18, 1935 of television transmitter in the Eiffel Tower in Paris during its first test. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
29th October 1937: Electrical workers balance high up on the Eiffel tower in paris to change the lights that illuminate the tower at night. (Photo by Horace Abrahams/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
High above the River Seine two electricians work on the lights on the Eiffel Tower which will illuminate the Paris Exhibition at night. (Photo by Horace Abrahams/Getty Images)
circa 1940: In Paris, air raid shelters are built with great urgency: this one is being constructed at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
24th June 1940: German dictator Adolf Hitler at the Eiffel Tower, Paris, with his generals during the German occupation of France. Also with him are sculptor Arno Breker (left) and architect Albert Speer (right). (Photo by Harwood/Keystone/Getty Images)
In this photo provided by the German War Department, Adolf Hitler is posing in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background one day after the formal capitulation of France, June 23, 1940. He is accompanied by Albert Speer, German Reichsminister of armaments and Hitler's chief architect, left, and Arno Breker, professor of visual arts in Berlin and Hitler's favorite sculptor, right. An unknown cameraman seen in the foreground is filming the event. (AP Photo/German War Department)
German Anti-Aircraft gun-with the gunner keeping a look-out through field glasses posted at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, Paris on July 2, 1940. (AP Photo)
A huge crowd gathers to cheer General de Gaulle at the Place de la Concorde, August 26, 1944, after the liberation of Paris. General de Gaulle, Koenig surrounded generals Leclerc and June, Alexandre Parodi (delegate of the provisional government in the liberated territories), Georges Bideault (President of the National Council of Resistance), from the Arc de Triomphe to the Notre Dame Cathedral. (Photo credit should read AFP/GettyImages)
Nazi prisoners shrink from jeering Parisians as they are driven under the Eiffel Tower under the guard of the first U.S. troops to enter Paris on August 28, 1944. (AP Photo)
American soldiers watch the French flag flying on the Eiffel Tower, ca. 25 August 1944.
1944: With the Eiffel Tower in the background, two American soldiers sit surrounded by four young French women during the liberation of Paris from the Germans during World War II. All six are smiling and waving their hands in celebration. (Photo by RDA/Getty Images)
1950: Tourists take in the view of the River Seine and its bridges from the top of the Eiffel Tower. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1950: Tourists queue up to climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris, a 300 meter high wrought-iron structure built in 1889 for Paris' World Fair. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
circa 1950: The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
A couple enjoys the view from the Eiffel Tower in 1952. More than 250 million visitors have been to the tower since its construction in 1889.
1955: Tourists queuing to go up the Eiffel Tower. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
4th February 1971: 'Star Of Paris', the first Trans World Airlines plane on the new regular Paris to New York circular flight flying past the Eiffel Tower. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
World heavyweight champion US Muhammad Ali (C) visits the Eiffel Tower on March 05, 1976 in Paris. /AFP/Getty Images
Visitors queue under the Eiffel Tower for the elevators which will take them to the top of the 300-meter high iron structure in Paris on March 29, 1975 as the French capital undergoes its annual Easter invasion of tourists. (AP Photo/Spartaco Bodini)
23 May 1997: General view of the Eiffel Tower at night during the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris. Mandatory Credit: Gary M Prior/Allsport
A file photo taken 27 December 2000 in Paris, shows the Eiffel Tower at night. The Eiffel Tower's lights will be turned off for five minutes 01 February as part of a campaign to save energy and draw attention to the plight of the planet. The agency that manages the Paris landmark said Tuesday that it will be joining a campaign to draw attention to "sustainable development and the preservation of the planet" with the five-minute blackout at 19:55 (1855 GMT). Manoocher Deghati /AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks are displayed through the Eiffel Tower on the Champs de Mars in Paris for the Bastille Day festivities 14 July 2002. Bertrand Guay /AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks explode over Trocadero behind the Eiffel Tower during the traditional celebration of Bastille Day 14 July 2004 in Paris. Stephane De Sakutin /AFP/Getty Images
The Eiffel Tower is illuminated at night with blue lights and yellow stars, the colors of the European Union flag in Paris, December 20, 2008, to mark the French presidency of the European Union.
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