According to French officials, two and a half years after the centuries-old Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris was destroyed by a fire, the building was secure enough to begin the reconstruction process. ..
Stabilizing the cathedral 850 years ago was a daunting task, as French authorities had to dismantle the scaffolding and clean up the pile of debris on the floor. President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that he was in charge of the restoration.
General Georgelin, who heads the government’s Notre Dame Cathedral Restoration Task Force, told French broadcaster BFM-TV, “The cathedral is now saved, the pillars are solid, and the walls are solid. I’m doing it. “
A task force called Rebâtir Notre-Dame de Paris or Rebuild Notre-Dame said in a Facebook statement on Saturday that the cathedral was scheduled to reopen in 2024, in time for Macron’s ambitious five-year Gothic opening deadline. .. A landmark of the same year that Paris was set to host the Summer Olympics.
Reconstruction work is expected to begin in the coming months, according to the statement.
A friend of Notre Dame, an organization that supports the restoration of the cathedral, is seeking donations to restore dozens of cathedral gargoyles, statues and paintings.
The world was watching the event on April 15, 2019, like a slow-motion horror movie. The flames burned down the attic of the cathedral, then tore the roof, climbed the iconic spire and fell into the vault below. The cathedral, an irreplaceable symbol of French heritage, is dangerously close to collapse, a New York Times study found.
Donations for restoration have been received from around the world, including the wealthiest families in France. In the days following the fire, individuals, businesses and institutions donated or pledged € 845 million, or about $ 950 million, to rebuild the damaged cathedral, a Gothic jewel.
The restoration has sparked a controversy over the new design of the cathedral. Last year, Macron abandoned his unpopular idea of building a modern spire on top of the cathedral.
Investigators have yet to clarify the cause of the fire, but focus on two theories: a short circuit near the spire and a worker’s negligence to make repairs supported by the discovery of scaffolding tobacco butts. I’m guessing.
Safety planners at the University of Notre Dame have been criticized for misjudging how quickly the flames ignite and spread throughout the cathedral.
The fallout from the fire was not limited to the cathedral itself. Another Times study found that the swirling smoke emanating from the cathedral carries its own hidden dangers. Government reports have scattered large amounts of lead throughout the streets and parks of Paris.
The cathedral, which attracted 13 million visitors each year, is still not open to the public.