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Notre-Dame: work is progressing as planned, the cathedral's spire will even be installed before the Olympics

2023-09-14T11:35:24.918Z

Highlights: The reconstruction of Notre-Dame is progressing as planned despite the death of General Jean-Louis Georgelin, says his successor. The spire of the monument should even be visible at the opening of the Olympic Games in July 2024, says Philippe Jost. The reopening of the cathedral is still scheduled for December 2024, more than five years after the gigantic fire that ravaged the building. Inside, the cathedral "is still scaffolded but, when you enter, you are struck by its brilliance", says Jost, who was appointed last week.


The new supervisor of works on the Paris cathedral assured that, despite the death of General Jean-Louis Georgelin, the work was


The reconstruction of Notre-Dame is progressing as planned despite the death this summer of General Jean-Louis Georgelin, who died suddenly in the mountains, who supervised the work. The spire of the monument should even be visible at the opening of the Olympic Games in July 2024, said Thursday his successor Philippe Jost on franceinfo.

For his first speech since his appointment last week, the general's former right-hand man also assured that the reopening of the cathedral was still scheduled for December 2024. That is more than five years after the gigantic fire that ravaged the building.

The death of Jean-Louis Georgelin "could" have had an impact on the pace of work "but, in fact, we really have the determination to continue his work. We owe it to many, but we also owe it to him," said Philippe Jost.

Interior restorations "almost completed today"

He also anticipated that the spire and silhouette of the cathedral should be visible on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics, which is to take place on the Seine. The spire, a "masterpiece of wooden framing", will rise up to 100 m in height and will be visible "at the end of 2023", he explained. It will then be unveiled "as it has been covered with its cover, to protect the wooden frame". This will be done "throughout the first half of 2024", i.e. before the Olympic Games.

"The silhouette of the cathedral has completely changed since the fire. I hope that, during the Olympic Games in July 2024, we will also have found this great roof of the cathedral and this spire above. And everyone will perceive at that time that we are really very close to reopening a few months later, "he continued.

Inside, Notre-Dame "is still scaffolded but, when you enter, you are struck by its brilliance", the cleanings and interior restorations being "almost completed today", also revealed Philippe Jost.

Source: leparis

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