The Eiffel Tower is perhaps the world's single best-known structure. It is unique and instantly identified with Paris.
Here we see the Eiffel Tower in its glory days, soon after it was built. The tower was then even more commanding than today - there was no other building in the city even remotely as tall. Only some cathedral towers also broke above the skyline. The huge but seemingly diminutive Ferris wheel did not long survive the exhibition for which both it and the Eiffel Tower were built. The tower was also to have been torn down at the conclusion of the exhibition but was spared.
The view from the top on a clear day covers then entire Paris metropolis. The structure serves only as a landmark and a viewing platform; it has no significant utilitarian function. It is the quintessential High Place.
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