The Eiffel Tower, known in French as "La Tour Eiffel", is an iron tower located in Paris, France that was built for the Paris Exposition of 1889. It is 986 feet tall, and including its distinctive antenna at the top, is 1,063 feet tall. It was the tallest structure in the world until the Chrysler Building was built in 1930 in New York City. Intended to be a temporary feature of the Exposition, it remained after the Exposition ended and now the tower has become the best-known icon of Paris.
Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, a French civil engineer is renowned for the construction of the tower that bears his name. Maurice Koechlin was the structural designer. The tower features the names of 72 prominent Frenchmen in the science and engineering fields (18 on each side).
In 2007, 6,893,000 people visited the tower, a figure which set a new world record for annual visitors to a monument.