Eiffel Tower (Tour de 300 metres)

Gustave Eiffel, designer; Stephen Sauvestre, architect;
Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier, engineers

View from the Seine. Gustave Eiffel’s tower was greatly criticized during its two-year construction period as being an "abomination and eyesore," its "barbarous mass" looming over the Paris skyline. When the fair opened, however, it became the most visited attraction and subsequently the grand symbol of Paris that it is today.

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