One of the world’s most iconic tourist attractions- the Eiffel Tower ( the French lady) as the French call it) is getting a huge but safe new look.
Paris authorities say they want to replace the metal security fencing around the Eiffel Tower with a more visually appealing glass wall, reported the Washington Post.
With France being met with multiple attacks especially, in the previous year, authorities are putting the Eiffel Tower on high alert.
According to Fox News, “We will replace the metal grids to the North and South with glass panels which will allow Parisians and visitors a very pleasant view of the monument,” he Jean-Francois Martins, the assistant mayor for tourism said.
Despite there being a big, metal wall surrounding the tower, tourists will still be able to visit the tower.
The city said the enclosure was part of a wider set of renovations at the Eiffel Tower that would cost 300 million Euros, or about $320 million, over 15 years. Those include a paint job, elevator renovations and the replacement of thousands of flashing bulbs that make the tower sparkle every hour on the hour, according to the New York Times.
The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris and although they have been rattled by attacks, hopefully, this new look for the tower will be bring the city together.
“The proposal will be examined by the city’s sites commission and then needs approval from the environment ministry,” reported the Washington Post.
According to the New York Times, Paris and the surrounding region are top tourist destinations, attracting 47 million visitors every year, according to the city authorities. Officials said in a statement that the Eiffel Tower was the “symbol of Paris and the most visited paying monument in the world.”
The Eiffel Tower, one of the most historic monumental sites, attracting millions of people each year- will now be considered safer for its visitors.