The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It was names after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s fair. It was initially criticized by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. It is the tallest structure in Paris and the most visited paid monument in the world.