1889 – The Eiffel Tower is opened to the public

It is one of the most instantly recognizable built objects in the world, and the most recognizable icon of Paris, but when it originally opened, it was already the subject of considerable controversy, mostly from Parisian artists who were convinced that the Tower – the tallest building in all of Paris – would disfigure the skyline.

The public felt differently, and the Tower was an instant success, with more than two million visitors in the first six months of its opening. Built for the 1889 World’s Fair, it was intended to last for 20 years and be torn down in 1909. However, the progress of telelcommunications made it increasingly useful as a mast for sending and receiving signals, and so it was allowed to stay.

Today, you’d probably need to fight off all 12 million Parisians if you wanted to take it away.

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Sexy Eiffel Tower — Bow Wow Wow