Completion of The Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Main126 years ago today on 31st March 1889, the Eiffel Tower of Paris was opened to the public.  It was the tallest building in the world at it’s full height of 984ft and took two years to complete.

The eventful day was covered in detail in The Engineer: -

“COMPLETION OF THE EIFFEL TOWER.- The Eiffel Tower has reached its full height of 984ft., and the French flag hoisted on the crowning mast. The lifts remain to be fitted up and the cupola at the top to be covered over. At half-past two on Sunday the ceremony of hoisting the flag was performed by M. Eiffel, in the presence of M. Berger, several Municipal Councillors, and a few privileged guests. This was followed by a volley of twenty-one shots. Ten or twelve persons only ascended to the little platform above the third one. All the workmen were feasted at one set of tables, and M. Tirard, M. Eiffel, and the invited guests at another. M. Eiffel made a speech, expressing his satisfaction at having that day hoisted the tricolour upon the highest building in the world. 
The Times Paris correspondent says:
"When the proposal was made two years ago to erect the structure, artists and literary men signed a protest against the scheme, declaring that it would disgrace and disfigure Paris, and would destroy the effect of the great monuments of the city, such as Notre Dame and the Louvre. The result has not been what was predicted. Even some of those who protested most loudly against the proposal now admit that the effect of the structure is not what they anticipated. They acknowledge that it has a light and graceful appearance, in spite of its gigantic size, and that it is an imposing monument, not unworthy of Paris."
A commemorative medal will be awarded by the Corporation to each of the workmen, and £40 will be distributed among them. The Exhibition will open on the evening of the 6th of May.”The Engineer April 5th, 1889.
Click on the images below to view the stages of the tower’s construction:

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