Wednesday, March 31, 2010

On This Day...

In 1889 the Eiffel Tower was officially opened. The lattice tower had been built for the opening of the 1889 World's Fair, which in turn was held in the 100th year anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille.

The engineer who designed the tower, Gustave Eiffel, built numerous projects from gas works to bridges, churches to lighthouses, all over the world. The other work for which he is most famous was the French gift to commemorate the USA's Independence, the Statue of Liberty, which was built by his company.

The photograph was taken during the 1900 Exposition by American photographer William Herman Rau.

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