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To mark the 100-year anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, France held a spectacular World’s Fair, called the Exposition Universelle, in 1889.

As a welcome for visitors, a colossal entrance arch was constructed near the banks of the Seine: the Eiffel Tower.

Dozens of ornate pavilions and exhibition halls were erected across 240 acres, containing displays of art, crafts, industry, machines and new inventions.

In addition to showing off French achievements, the exposition also displayed exhibits from around the world, including South America, Africa and Asia.

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The Eiffel Tower viewed from the Champ du Mars.

Image: Aalto University

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