Terrorism is indeed reshaping our cultures, as well as our architectures.
Latest news suggest there are plans in progress to make the Eiffel Tower in Paris more secure by building a bulletproof wall around it (and no, terrorists are not going to pay for it).
As The Travel Magazine reports, the biggest Parisian icon will be given a bulletproof glass wall, the cost of which is estimated to be 20 million euros (21.3m dollars), while the whole project should be completed this fall.
The reinforced glass wall will be 2.5meters high (8ft), and it will replace the temporary fence that was erected as precaution during the summer 2016’s Euro Cup.
Terror Threat Remains High In Paris
Although around 6.8 mil people visit this colossal Parisian monument every year, they will all have to go through security checks at the entrance.
“The wall is designed to stop individuals or vehicles storming the site”, said Jean-Francois Martins, the assistant mayor for tourism. “The terror threat remains high in Paris and the most vulnerable sites, led by the Eiffel Tower, must be the object of special security measures.”
“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 also added. “We have three aims – to improve the look, make access easier and strengthen the protection of visitors and staff.”
Martins’ boss, May Anna Hidalgo, is also planning some other changes of her own, but her ideas are of a more environmental nature for the French capital, since Paris is hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. Hidalgo is about to ban plastic plates and close the Champs-Elysees to vehicles once a month in order to prompt Parisians to walk and cycle more.