Where the fix is up to … Notre Dame, Paris

Thousands of workers are employed on the site of the burned shell of Notre Dame. Hundreds of artisans from every craft imaginable have been called on to do their best work to get this beautiful building whole again.

On July 9, 2020 the chief architects of Historical Monuments presented restoration plans for Notre-Dame Cathedral to the National Commission for Heritage and Architecture (CNPA), the advisory council that handles important restoration projects in France.

The study presented plans to respect the previously existing structure of the cathedral and to restore the monument to its last complete, coherent and known state.

This includes rebuilding a spire identical to the one designed in the 19th Century by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, returning the cathedral’s appearance to how it existed before the fire of April 15, 2019. Rebuilding efforts will also use original materials, like wood for the roofing. The report states that these restoration measures will ensure the authenticity, harmony and coherence of this masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

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