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The Eiffel Tower, one of the symbols of Paris, was built for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889 commemorating the centenary of the French Revolution. Of the 700 proposals submitted in a design competition, Gustave Eiffel's was unanimously chosen.
At 300 metres (320.75m including antenna), and 7000 tons, it was the world's tallest building until 1930.
Oscar Wilde was once asked why he ate his lunch there every day, since he was known to hate the sight of it. He replied, "Because it's the only place in the city that I can't see the damn thing!"
Off in the distance you can see the Montparnasse Tower. One of the late French president Pompidou’s “grand projects” was this high-rise building, the Maine-Montparnasse Tower (often just called the Montparnasse Tower). Although it has only 59 stories, it was the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe for years after its construction, until the construction of the Canary Wharf building in London in 1991.

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