120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower
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120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower

120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower
The iconic Eiffel Tower celebrated its 120th anniversary Tuesday. It was inaugurated at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1889. (Lucas Dolega / EPA)
120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower
World famous now, the Eiffel Tower was a breath-taking novelty in March 31, 1889, when it was the centerpiece of the World’s Fair in Paris. (AFP / Getty Images)
120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower
Engineer Gustave Eiffel constructed the Eiffel Tower to be the entrance arch to the Exposition Universelle -- or World’s Fair-- in Paris in 1889. Eiffel expected about 500,000 visitors a year. In 2006, it drew more than 6.5 million people. (Associated Press)
120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower
One of about 25 workers applies a coat to the tangled latticework of the Eiffel Tower in a job that will take about 18 months and require about 66 tons of patented, signature “Eiffel Tower brown” paint and 31 miles of climbing rope. (Francois Mori / Associated Press)
120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower
On the Eiffel Tower’s birthday, a painter takes on a job that is done every seven years: painting the emblem of Paris. The work takes about 18 months, with about 25 painters still working with small, circular brushes, as they did in 1889, instead of sprayers or paint-rollers. (Patrick Kovarik / AFP / Getty Images)
120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower
Tthe Eiffel Tower as seen from the Champ de Mars in Paris is a familiar sight, although in the past the tower has been painted red, orange and yellow. It’s maintained a signature brown color, which overseers say best accents the Paris skyline, since 1968. (Lucas Dolega / EPA)
120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower
A person performs a dance in front of the Eiffel Tower at the Trocadero in Paris on the 120th anniversary of the emblematic structure. (Lucas Dolega / EPA)
120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower
Tourists queue to visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris on its birthday Tuesday. More than 200,000,000 people have visited the tower since it was built in 1889. (Lucas Dolega / EPA)
120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower has attracted folks from all over and has been ranked as the most visited paid monument in the world. (Lucas Dolega / EPA)
120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower
In the City of Light, nothing shines brighter than the Eiffel Tower. (Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press)
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