Google Doodle Marks 126th Anniversary Of Eiffel Tower's Opening: 9 Vintage Illustrations Of The Monument Under Construction

31/03/2015 8:31 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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The Eiffel Tower under construction for the Paris World Fair, 1889, the progress of the work in February 1888. France, 19th century.

New Delhi — A Google Doodle today marked the 126th anniversary of the public opening of one of the world's most prominent landmark — the Eiffel Tower.

The tower, conceptualised by engineer Gustave Eiffel, was opened to the public on March 31, 1889 in Paris. Eiffel was a highly gifted engineer who later devoted his career to experiments in air resistance, the observation of meteorology and especially the installation of a giant antenna for the earliest radio broadcasts.

Made to last only 20 years, the tower still stands tall, mainly due to Eiffel's ingenuity.

The Tower's site says that since the opening of the Eiffel Tower for the Universal Exhibition of 1889, visitors have been able to visit the different floors via elevators — a formidable technical feat for the period.

Here are some illustrations from 1889 of the Tower under construction just before it's public opening.

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    The pylons of the Eiffel Tower during the Paris World Exposition, 1889, from the Revue de l'Exposition Universelle (Journal). France, 19th century.
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    Paris, the Eiffel Tower fire during the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889, print. France, 19th century.
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    Entrance to the Universal Exhibition in Paris, 1889, by Jean Beraud (1849-1935).
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    Construction of the Eiffel Tower, the designer Gustave Eiffel hoisting the flag on top of the Tower, April 1889, engraving. France, 19th century.
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    Construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, 1889. France, 19th century.
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    Workers assending the tower during the construction of the Eiffel Tower for the Paris World Fair, 1889. France, 19th century.
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    View of the Eiffel Tower under construction, Paris, 1889. France, 19th century.
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    The Eiffel Tower under construction for the Paris World Fair, 1889, the progress of the work in February 1888. France, 19th century.
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    Paris, workers descending from the top of the Eiffel Tower in December 1888, during the construction of the tower for the Universal Exhibition of 1889, engraving. France, 19th century.

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