In 1889, at the Exposition Universelle, Parisians and travelers alike flocked to see the tallest structure ever built. Gustave Eiffel and his team won the competition to erect a 300-meter iron tower on the Champ De Mars to honor the centennial of the French Revolution. Today, the Eiffel Tower is the most notable landmark in Paris, but during the design and construction phases, it was met with much resistance. Critics described it as “an ungainly skeleton” and “a high and skinny pyramid of iron ladders.” Once the Exposition was open, however, it drew more than 12,000 visitors a day and has become the beloved symbol of Paris. Gustave Eiffel went on to design several other landmarks including the structural design of the Statue of Liberty.
Next stop? Pyramids of Giza!