Glass walls, not metal fencing, to surround Eiffel Tower

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 ($350 million) project announced last year to modernize the 129-year-old tower that has become the French capital's landmark.