The Eiffel Tower is a huge iron structure that stands tall in the heart of Paris, France. It was built by a French engineer named Gustave Eiffel in 1889 for the World Exhibition in Paris. This was a special fair where countries show off their greatest achievements.
The Eiffel Tower was actually the entrance to the fair and was amazingly built in just two years, two months and five days! A lot of people in France did not like it at first. They thought it was too big and ugly. Now, it is beloved and has become one of the most famous symbols of France.
The tower is really tall, much taller than any building you’ve ever seen. It is about twice as tall as the Washington Monument and almost as tall as an 81-story building. It took the title of “the world’s tallest man-made structure” until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930.
Can you imagine over 18,000 individual iron pieces were used to build it? And, to keep it shiny and protected from rust, it is repainted every seven years using around 60 tons of paint. Today, millions of people visit it each year to ride its elevators up and enjoy the spectacular view of Paris.