The History of the Eiffel Tower It can be seen from almost any spot in Paris, towering over the buildings that surround it. Each year, millions of tourists come from all over the world to see one of the world’s most identifiable structures. But when it was built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was intended to only remain in place for twenty years. Gustave Eiffel and his team of engineer’s built the tower in preparation for the Universal Exposition at the World’s Fair of 1889. The exposition was set to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the French Revolution, with the Eiffel Tower serving as a monument. The design of the tower was chosen from an open co ..