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- The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France.
- It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
- Construction began in 1887 and concluded 2 years later.
- It was designed as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair and, whilst initially criticised by many in France, it has become a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world.
- It is the most-visited paid monument in the world.
- At 324m tall, it is the tallest structure in Paris and the second tallest free-standing structure in France after the Millau Viaduct.
- It was the tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years until the Chrysler Building in New York City was finished in 1930.
- The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels.
- The tower has been used for making radio transmissions since the beginning of the 20th century and today, radio and digital television signals are transmitted from the Eiffel Tower.