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A Planetary Conjunction: The Moon, Jupiter, Venus and the Eiffel Tower (May 16 2002)
Photo by: Thierry Legault
Completed in 1889 it was the tallest structure in the world until 1930 when the Chrysler building rose in New York City. More than 200 million have visited the tower since it was opened at the "Exposition Universelle", a World's Fair celebrating the centennial of the French revolution.
The tower was met with much criticism from the public when it was built, with many calling it an eyesore. Newspapers of the day were filled with angry letters from the arts community of Paris. Novelist Guy de Maupassant — who claimed to hate the tower — supposedly ate lunch in the Tower's restaurant every day. When asked why, he answered that it was the one place in Paris where one could not see the structure.