Eiffel Tower set to receive $318M revamp

The French are following in the footsteps of their British neighbors, and are getting ready to revamp one of their national monuments.

Authorities in Paris have announced plans to renovate the Eiffel Tower, which has stood in the French capital for the past 128 years, after being originally constructed for the 1889 World’s Fair. The city will be spending around €300 million ($318 million) for the work, which will take place over the next 15 years, reports The Guardian.

The deputy mayor of Paris, Jean-François Martins, who is responsible for tourism, told The Guardian that half of the money would be spent on overhauling the tower, including its lifts, which still use some of the tower’s original workings. The thousands of lights that illuminate the landmark every evening will also be upgraded. The other half will be used to improve visitor facilities.

The city city currently spends €13.7 million ($14.5 million) each year maintaining the tower. [The Guardian]