Erika’s New Husband
May 6, 1889: Eiffel Tower Officially Opens
The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris. Taking 2 years, 2 months and 5 days to complete it was the pinnacle of technical and architectural achievement for the time. A symbol of France’s technical prowess at the end of the 19th century, it was a demonstration of French engineering personified by the tower’s engineer, Gustave Eiffel.
The Eiffel Tower was erected as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair. At 1063 feet it is the height of a 81 story building and was the tallest man made structure in the world at the time. As a global icon of France it is the most recognizable structure in the world welcoming more than 250 million visitors since being built in 1889.
Three things you may not know about the Eiffel Tower
– The base pillars of the Eiffel Tower are oriented with the four points of the compass.
– Temperature alters the height of the Eiffel Tower by up to 6 inches.
– In 2008, a 36-year-old San Francisco woman, formerly a member of the U.S. Army and a champion archer, married the tower and changed her name to Erika La Tour Eiffel.