The Eiffel Tower (French: La Tour Eiffel) also called by its nickname (La dame de fer, the iron lady) is a “puddle iron lattice tower” in Paris. This historic structure was Built in 1889. It has since become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; millions of people ascend it every year. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair.