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Thursday, May 16, 2019, 10:59
Happy 130th birthday, Eiffel Tower: Laser show for Iron Lady
By Associated Press
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 10:59 By Associated Press

A light show illuminates the Eiffel Tower for its 130 year anniversary, in Paris, May 15, 2019. (CHRISTOPHE ENA / AP)

PARIS — Paris wished the Eiffel Tower a happy birthday Wednesday with an elaborate nighttime laser show retracing the monument's 130-year history.

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Earlier in the day, the monument invited 1,300 children to a giant "snack time" beneath the tower known as the Iron Lady.

After nightfall, a 12-minute laser display began flashing across the facade in shows that will run through Friday night. Professional climbers scaled the monument to mount the lights for the unprecedented show.

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In this May 15, 2019 photo, a light show illuminates the Eiffel Tower for its 130 year anniversary in Paris. (CHRISTOPHE ENA / AP)

Around 6 million people go up the tower every year, in addition to the crowds who just come to look at Gustave Eiffel's creation, designed for the 1889 World's Fair. It was the world's tallest monument at the time, and thanks to strict urban planning rules, it still looms large above the Paris skyline.

The Eiffel Tower opened to the public for the first time on May 15, 1889, several days after its inauguration at the World's Fair.

In this May 15, 2019 photo, a light show illuminates the Eiffel Tower for its 130 year anniversary in Paris. (CHRISTOPHE ENA / AP)

In this May 15, 2019 photo, a light show illuminates the Eiffel Tower for its 130 year anniversary in Paris. (CHRISTOPHE ENA / AP)

In this March 30, 2019 file photo, a man holds a French flag as French with the Eiffel Tower in the background, during protests in Paris. (THIBAULT CAMUS / AP)

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