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 construc

Bernard Gaudillere, president of the SETE, Eiffel Tower Exploitation Society poses in front of a new security bulletproof glass barrier under construc

Bernard Gaudillere, president of the SETE, Eiffel Tower Exploitation Society, second left, stands in front of a new security bulletproof glass barrier

Bernard Gaudillere, president of the SETE, Eiffel Tower Exploitation Society, second left, stands in front of a new security bulletproof glass barrier

View of a new metal barrier under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Paris authorities have started repla

View of a new metal barrier under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Paris authorities have started repla

French soldier patrols during a press visit of the new security barriers under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 1

French soldier patrols during a press visit of the new security barriers under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 1

View of a new security bulletproof glass barrier under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Paris authoriti

View of a new security bulletproof glass barrier under construction around the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Paris authoriti

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