The Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel) was built by Gustave Eiffel and was erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 7.1 million people ascended it in 2011.
The Eiffel Tower is a captivating structure but what most people don't know is that it was never built to remain standing after the world fair in Paris. It was built specifically and only for that purpose. Good thing the French kept it, for it became far more iconic than they ever imagined.