The City of Lights Will Shine Bright Again

The City of Lights Will Shine Bright Again

Ever since the attack on Paris in 2015, the city has been under constant fear of when the next attack would strike. While the event will never be forgotten, the city has started focusing on security initiatives that would help restore the safety of the city for citizens and tourists.

image © Michel Denance

image © Michel Denance

Since the Eiffel Tower was built in 1889, it has undergone multiple renovations. Some renovations have been routine maintenance like the tower being entirely repainted in its original grey colour every seven years. While other renovations have been made to improve the aesthetic of the tower like the most recent renovation completed in 2014. The renovation took two years to finish and included the installation of glass panels in the floor to create a glass skywalk on the interior perimeter of the first floor.

image © Doods Dumaguing

image © Doods Dumaguing

The most recent renovations however, aren't for aesthetic or maintenance reasons. They are for reclaiming the safety and comfortableness of the citizens and tourists alike. With the advent of recent attacks, Paris wants to protect the tower by devoting multiple renovations that would not only make the tower safer but also protect the approximately 7 million tourists that visit the tower yearly. Part of the plans include building an eight-foot-high wall made of bulletproof glass that will prevent individuals or vehicles from endangering the site.

image © REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

image © REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Prior to 2015, visitors could freely roam the surrounding grounds of the tower and could even venture underneath it with ease. Since the attacks however, Paris has been feeling vulnerable and has their guard up-quite literally. The fence shown above spans the perimeter of the base of the tower and requires security clearance before getting through. While the fence has been claimed unsightly by city officials and citizens, it will remain up until it is replaced with ornate fencing later in the year.


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