The charred scaffolding encircling Notre-Dame de Paris was removed on November 24. Work on the inside of the cathedral may now proceed without fear of the damaged scaffolding crashing into the church. Scaffolding will then be installed inside the cathedral to protect and support the vaults as they are rebuilt.
The reconstruction project at Notre-Dame de Paris has been welcomed by artists around the world who have offered their services free of charge. They hope to contribute to the rebirth of this historic monument after it has been restored.
Notre-Dame de Paris was built between 1163 and 1250. The fire that destroyed most of its interior on April 15, 2019, was discovered at about 6:20 a.m. by workers carrying out maintenance on the roof.
The fire quickly spread throughout the building and within an hour, part of the spire had collapsed. By 7:20 a.m., the fire was controlled but not the damage; the main nave was completely destroyed by flames and smoke, along with much of the surrounding area. Only the bell towers and the sacristy were spared.
After the fire, French President Emmanuel Macron said he believed that modern technology could have saved the cathedral but didn't think it was necessary to destroy it. "We knew since the 19th century that something like this could happen," he said during a visit to Brussels.
Scaffolding has been successfully removed from the roof of Paris' Notre Dame, more than a year after the iconic cathedral was destroyed by fire, marking an important step in the building's protracted and laborious repair process.
Notre Dame burned down on April 15, 2019 after being ravaged by flames for nearly three hours. The cause of the blaze is still unknown but may have been due to an electrical fault. At the time of writing this article they had not found any evidence of arson.
The fire did significant damage to the nave and parts of the choir, causing massive amounts of destruction and loss. It is expected that it will take at least five years and $200 million to rebuild Notre Dame.
When construction began on the new cathedral in the 1200s, it was intended to be temporary until a better version could be built. But the need for shelter during the French Revolution and the German Occupation led to its completion. When Napoleon took control of France he made his brother Joseph pope under the name Pope Pius VII. In 1814 when Napoleon was defeated and imprisoned, Pius VII returned to Paris to resume the role of bishop of Paris. He decided to build a new cathedral instead and hired architect Louis-Marie Fontanelle to design it. The new cathedral was completed in five years using many of the same materials as the old one.
After a three-month hiatus owing to the COVID-19 epidemic, building on Notre-Dame Cathedral began on June 8. The effort is centered on removing the charred scaffolding that surrounds the spire. The spire was being restored in 2019 when it was destroyed by fire on April 15.
Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of France's most famous landmarks and one of the world's oldest churches. It was built over several centuries after about 1063, with additions throughout its history. The current structure dates from 1250 to 1448. It replaced an earlier cathedral that had been burned down during the French Revolution.
The name "Notre-Dame" means "Our Lady," after the Virgin Mary. The original plan was to build a large church with a central tower, but financial difficulties forced the construction to be divided into stages. The first stage, completed in 1163, included the main body of the church along with the transepts and part of the nave. The second stage, finished in 1220, added the rest of the nave and choir, as well as the remainder of the transepts. The third stage, completed in 1448, brought the cathedral up to date with modern technology - it has a high-tech heating and cooling system, for example. However, the fire damage limits what can be done to restore the cathedral to its original form.