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21 Vintage Photos Of The Construction Of The Iconic Eiffel Tower In 1887

1800s | August 12, 2016

The construction of the Eiffel Tower started on January 28, 1887. A little more than two years later, the iconic tower was finished in record time. It was considered by many as a veritable technical feat. On March 31, 1889, the tower opened to the public.

Today, the Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most visited monuments, receiving about 7 million visitors a year. Below are some historical photos of the Eiffel Tower when it was still under construction.

The Eiffel Tower under construction in 1887.

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Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the engineer whose company designed and built the tower, photographed with four other people at top of the Eiffel Tower during the Paris World Fair in 1889.

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The elevator at the first level of the Eiffel Tower during its construction.

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These two photos show the progress of the construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in June 1888 (L) and in July 1888 (R).

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The base of the building being built in 1888.

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The beginning stages of construction of the Eiffel Tower, Sept. 1, 1887.

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The foundation of what will be the Eiffel Tower as seen in 1887, before construction even began.

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Split images show The Eiffel tower as it nears completion from Dec. 26, 1888 to Jan. 20, 1889.

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Construction of the staircase of the Eiffel Tower as seen in 1887. Most visitors will use the elevator to get from the first floor to the second floor observatory.

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The Eiffel Tower under construction in 1887.

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Electrical workers balance high up to change the lights that illuminate the Eiffel Tower at night on Oct. 29, 1937.

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High above the River Seine two electricians work on the light fixtures of the Eiffel Tower which will illuminate the Paris Exhibition at night.

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Eiffel Tower under construction in 1887, Paris, France.

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Images below are copies of Gustave Eiffel’s original blueprints taken from the book La Tour de 300 mètres, Ed. Lemercier, Paris 1900

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Eiffel Tower today.

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