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Eiffel's Race to the Top

Season 21 Episode 1 | 54m 46s

Find out about the race to build Paris’ most famous landmark when two men vied to be the first to build a monument 1,000 feet tall. See how one man’s vision transformed the Paris skyline, making the Eiffel Tower a global icon. Dramatic recreations, official renderings and personal correspondence tell the story.

Aired: 10/24/23 | Expires: 11/22/23
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Find out if the 15th-century murder of two princes in the Tower of London can be solved.
Find out if the 15th-century murder of two princes in the Tower of London can be solved.
Legend has it, King Richard III had his two nephews killed at the Tower of London in 1483.
The official record states the boy crowned King Edward in 1487 was actually an imposter.
Uncover the only evidence of crucifixion in Roman-occupied Britain.
Uncover the only evidence of crucifixion in Roman-occupied Britain.
Two experts conduct a virtual autopsy on skeletal remains from Roman Britain.
An osteoarcheologist explores possible explanations for a nail found through a heel bone.
Eiffel’s use of iron to build his tower represented a radical architectural shift.
Gustave Eiffel had a lengthy résumé before he built his namesake tower.
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