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The Eiffel Tower turns 125

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PARIS (CNN) - One of the most iconic symbols of Paris is celebrating a big birthday.

The Eiffel Tower was only supposed to stand for 20 years but it welcomed its first visitors 125-years ago today.

The tower has become so familiar, we forget just how controversial it was.

Famous artists and writers signed a protest against it, and called it things like a "half-built factory pipe," and a "giant ungainly skeleton."

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