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In Pictures: History of the Eiffel Tower in Paris


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Past and Present Guises of "La Tour"
Spring blossoms at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

Spring blossoms at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

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It's hard to believe that when the Eiffel Tower was first unveiled for the Universal Exposition of 1889, it was deemed a horrible eyesore by many, who found its bold modernity a shock. Now millions of people each year throng on the tower, both for its fascinating construction and its superb views over the city, but it's interesting to look back on the tower's many guises over the years. We start with the present, but make sure to click through to see some intriguing historical shots.

Pictured Here - La Tour Eiffel in Spring: This poetic shot of the Eiffel Tower during the springtime shows how much effort the city of Paris puts into maintaining the gardens around the tower. This guarantees dramatic and memorable perspectives of trees and blossoms during the spring.

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