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PHOTOS: The Eiffel Tower's 126th anniversary

Microsoft News | Slide 1 of 27: The Eiffel Tower is seen before being plunged into darkness in support of the Earth Hour environmental campaign on March 28, 2015 in Paris, France

Paris celebrates the anniversary of the landmark’s inauguration

On March 31, 2015, Paris' Eiffel Tower marks the 126th anniversary of its inauguration. During its construction and in its early years, the tower was extremely controversial, but the instantly recognizable landmark has gone on to become a global symbol of the City of Light and France as a whole.

Click through for a salute to this beloved icon!

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