It’s part of the human psyche to want to leave a lasting mark on the world. And since ancient times, people have molded their dreams of immortality into monuments and statues, palaces and cities. Often, the results have been spectacular, as in the following examples.
1. The Eiffel Tower
When it opened in 1889, Paris’s Eiffel Tower, designed by Gustave Eiffel, had the distinction of being the tallest man-made structure in the world. Now it’s simply one of the most beautiful. This iron monument’s stairs and elevators take several million people each year to its viewing platforms; the highest is about 915 feet above the ground. There, the views of the Parisian streets and the River Seine are breathtaking.