Glass walls, not metal fencing, to surround Eiffel Tower

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Glass walls, not metal fencing, to surround Eiffel Tower
Bernard Gaudillere, president of the SETE, Eiffel Tower Exploitation Society poses in front of a new security bulletproof glass barrier under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Paris authorities have started replacing the metal security fencing around the Eiffel Tower with a more visually appealing glass wall. The company operating the monument said see-through panels are being set up instead of the fences at the north and south of the famed monument that were installed for the Euro 2016 soccer event. Each panel is 3 meters high, over 6 centimeters thick and weighs 1.5 ton. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

PARIS (AP) — Paris authorities have started replacing the metal security fencing around the Eiffel Tower with more visually appealing glass walls.

The company operating the monument says see-through panels are being set up instead of the fences at the north and south ends of the famed monument.

Each panel, composed of over 6-centimeter (2.36-inch) thick armored glass, measures 3 meters (nearly 10 feet) high and weighs 1.5 tons.

The glass walls will allow visitors to admire the views from the nearby Champ-de-Mars gardens to the other side of the Seine River that cuts through Paris.

The renovation, which will also embellish the gardens beneath the tower, is part of a 300 million euro ( million) project announced last year to modernize the 129-year-old tower that has become the French capital’s landmark.