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This was part of an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2013-2014 on architectural photography, [***In Focus: Architecture***](http://news.getty.edu/in-focus-architecture-photography.htm).
“The Centennial Exposition of 1889 was organized by the French government to commemorate the French Revolution. Bridge engineer Gustave Eiffel’s 984-foot (300-meter) tower of open-lattice wrought iron was selected in a competition to erect a memorial at the exposition. Twice as high as the dome of St. Peter’s in Rome or the Great Pyramid of Giza, nothing like it had ever been built before. This view was made about four months short of the tower’s completion. Louis-Émile Durandelle photographed the tower from a low vantage point to emphasize its monumentality. The massive building barely visible in the far distance is dwarfed under the tower’s arches.
Incidentally, the tower’s innovative glass-cage elevators, engineered to ascend on a curve, were designed by the Otis Elevator Company of New York, the same company that designed the Getty Center’s diagonally ascending tram.”
* [Text](http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/55262/louis-emile-durandelle-exposition-universelle-de-1889-etat-d'avancement-french-november-23-1888/) from the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Website
Fun fact, the Eiffel Tower was meant to be temporary and only be up for the world fair.
EDIT: I could be wrong about the world fair thing, but it was for sure meant to be temporary.
To many, this IS Paris. This is probably the most well known thing in the world. And, for Paris, it’s fairly modern in comparison to a lot of other things.
An amazing monument. I thought it’d be overrated, but seeing it in person was pretty awesome. Although, it took Versailles and it’s gardens to really blow me away.
I am selling this building if anyone wants to buy it. 100,000 francs. Clean deed. Also I have a box that prints perfect duplicates of any bills for sale as well.