Notre Dame Cathedral is on track to reopen to the public in 2024 as the cathedral is now fully protected, two years after a devastating fire destroyed large parts of the 850-year-old building.
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In a statement on Saturday, the public body responsible for its conservation and restoration said that the protection of the cathedral was completed on time.
According to the collective, elements of the “protection phase” included wrapping and protecting the cathedral’s gargoyles, reinforcing flying buttresses, reinforcing gables, and removing burnt scaffolding. Friends of Notre Dame de Paris
“It means we are officially saying that the cathedral is now saved, that it is solid on its pillars, that its walls are solid,” General Jean-Louis Georgelin, president of the organization responsible for the restoration, told Granthshala on Saturday. aide told BFMTV.
“We will be able to move forward strongly with the phase of rebuilding and restoring the parts destroyed by the fire, so that it can be ready for services and public visits again in 2024,” he said.
The reopening of 2024, which Georgelin said would be a “win for all of France”, would fulfill President Emmanuel Macron’s public promise that reconstruction work would be completed within five years of the April 2019 eruption.
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According to the organization responsible for overseeing the works, reconstruction is due to begin in the coming months.
Despite an extensive investigation, no definite cause of the fire has yet been established, although prosecutors said it may have been triggered by either a cigarette or an electrical fault.
Last year during the coronavirus pandemic, work on securing the cathedral was temporarily halted and work was done to purify the area first. resume work
in June 2020.
After the fire, it was debated how it should be built, with former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe suggesting a modern approach, and a the competition is starting
To redesign the spire – although others wanted it to remain traditional.
However, last year President Macron decided that the entire cathedral would be built exactly as it was, including the spire – which was originally made of wood and went up in flames in the first few hours of the fire. had gone.
“We will rebuild Notre Dame, because that’s what the French people are hoping for,” an emotionally emotional Macron told reporters at the site of the fire in 2019. “Because this is our history. Because this is our deepest destiny.”
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