Fireworks illuminate the Eiffel Tower in Paris during Bastille Day celebration late Tuesday, July 14, 2009. The Eiffel Tower was built 120 years ago. Bastille Day is the French national holiday, celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is called Fête Nationale (« National Celebration« ) in official parlance, or more commonly le quatorze juillet (« 14 July »). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Révolution.
Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris. More than 200,000,000 people have visited the tower since its construction in 1889, including 6,719,200 in 2006,making it the most visited paid monument in the world. Including the 24 m (79 ft) antenna, the structure is 324 m (1,063 ft) high (since 2000), which is equivalent to about 81 levels in a conventional building.
This year we celebrate the 120th Birthday.