Paris: Notre-Dame now stable enough to rebuild itself
Notre-Dame de France Cathedral is finally stable and secure enough for artisans to start rebuilding it, more than two years after the shocking fire that ravaged its roof, knocked down its spire and threatened to destroy the rest of the medieval monument as well. .
The government agency overseeing the reconstruction announced in a statement on Saturday that the work to secure the structure – which began the day after the fire on April 15, 2019 – has finally been completed.
Carpenters, scaffolding experts, professional climbers, organ mechanics and legions others joined in the effort, which included special temporary structures to secure the cathedral’s iconic towers, vaults and walls. of the huge roofless structure, and a special “umbrella” to protect it from the weather.
Negotiations will now begin with companies willing to participate in the gigantic reconstruction effort, the statement said.
It will include around a hundred different calls for tenders for the various projects concerned.
Restoration work on the organ will begin in the fall and further work should begin in winter.
The agency is upholding President Emmanuel Macron’s goal of allowing visitors to return indoors in 2024, the year Paris hosts the Olympics.
The announcement was made on a weekend when countries across Europe celebrate Heritage Days, when historic monuments, government buildings and other sites are open to the public.