Eiffel Tower, the architectural wonder, is the most visited fee paying monument in the world. Each year almost 7 million people visit this place and the annual revenues generated are about $87 million. Annual cost of maintenance of the Eiffel Tower is $13.7 million.
A deadly wave of terrorist attacks has forced the French government to boost the security all over the country. Jihadist attacked France multiple times between January 2015 and July 2016. Recently on the day of announcement of hosting of 2024 Summer Olympics by France, there was another attack by an Egyptian on soldier troops outside the Louvre museum in Paris.The security plan focuses all the tourist sites, places of worships and transport hubs.
The Eiffel tower has a special attention to the French government’s security plan. The security plan includes erecting two glass walls around the tower. The Mayor of Paris has announced a $318 million renovation and security plan for the Eiffel Tower. The plan includes installing better elevators, refurbished lights, and stronger security including the glass walls and the entrance for visitors.
These 2.5 meters high bullet proof glass walls will have a cost of $21.4 million. These walls will be installed this autumn at the northern and southern ends of the monument area. These walls will not only provide the security but will also replace the disgraceful metal barriers positioned around the base of the Eiffel Tower. These barriers were for security since the Euro 2016 soccer championship. A a nicer view of the monument will be available to the visitors and the locals when the walls will replace those barriers.
“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,” Jean-Francois Martins.
Some French people feared that the glass walls will turn the Eiffel tower into a Fortress. Moreover, they thought that the walls will stop the tourists from visiting the venerable Iron Lady for having photos there. But the deputy mayor Martins said that the visitors will be allowed an access to the foot of the Eiffel Tower. But they will have to pass the security checks which will be free of cost. He said:
“We have three aims – to improve the look, make access easier and strengthen the protection of visitors and staff,” Jean-Francois Martins
So, the Eiffel Tower, inaugurated for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, will undergo a major security upgrade. It will not only keep it safe and but will also make it look astonishing in photographs as well.