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Happy Birthday! Eiffel Tower and Louvre Pyramid celebrate big anniversaries

Some of Paris's most iconic monuments are celebrating big birthdays this year. The Eiffel Tower is blowing out 130 candles. Inaugurated in 1889 for the World Fair, it held the title of "world’s tallest structure" for several decades. Today, the Eiffel Tower is a global cultural icon, but this was far from the case to begin with. Initially, some of France's leading artists and intellectuals were outraged by it. The Louvre Pyramid similarly rocked the boat when it was inaugurated 30 years ago.

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