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Macron visits Notre Dame and invites Pope to reopen in a year's time - News

2023-12-08T14:27:26.016Z

Highlights: Macron visits Notre Dame and invites Pope to reopen in a year's time. The French president 100 meters high on the spire of the cathedral: 'It is formidable' A competition for stained glass windows has been announced (ANSA). "It's formidable": one year after the reopening of Notre Dame de Paris, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, climbed to the top of the spires. The dizzying images of the presidential visit, filmed thanks to the use of drones, were broadcast live on the Elysée's X profile.


The French president 100 meters high on the spire of the cathedral: 'It is formidable'. A competition for stained glass windows has been announced (ANSA)


"It's formidable": one year after the reopening of Notre Dame de Paris, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, visited the construction site of the cathedral symbol of France, climbing to the top of the spire a hundred meters high, with breathtaking views of Paris. The French president, one year after the reopening, invited Pope Francis to the ceremony for that occasion.

The dizzying images of the presidential visit, filmed thanks to the use of drones, were broadcast live on the Elysée's X profile. On the top of the spire, the cross that collapsed during the fire of April 15, 2019 has been reassembled (and blessed) in recent days: only the historic rooster is missing, which will be restored later.

Macron thanked the hundreds of people at work, including workers, artisans, and restorers who have been working for almost five years for the rebirth of Notre Dame. "Thank you very much," shouted the president, wearing a white worker's helmet, from the top of the scaffolding 'Europe Echafaudage' ('Europe scaffolding') that still wraps around the structure of the spire, imagined in the 800s by the architect Eugène Viollet-Le Duc.

More than four years after the fire, the masterpiece of Gothic art is gradually regaining its beauty thanks to an army of workers, artisans, restorers and restorers - including Italian ones - who have worked despite a thousand constraints and difficulties to clean and reclaim it. Before the fire, the cathedral, one of the most emblematic places in Europe, welcomed 12 million visitors annually, 2,400 religious services and 150 concerts. The shipyard can count on an unprecedented outpouring of solidarity, with donations from all over the world amounting to 844 million euros. Notre Dame is scheduled to reopen at the end of 2024, ideally on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, after the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Video Notre-Dame, work on the construction site one year after reopening

Macron announces competition on stained glass

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, during today's visit to the construction site of Notre Dame de Paris, announced the intention to create contemporary stained glass windows to leave the mark of the ''XXI century'' to the Parisian cathedral partially devastated by the fire of April 15, 2019 and whose reopening is scheduled in exactly one year, on December 8, 2024. "We are on schedule," French said the French president, who after the fire had pledged to rebuild this masterpiece of Gothic art in five years. "It is a formidable image of hope and of a France that knows how to rebuild," the president continued during a visit to the Notre Dame construction site, speaking of an "important and moving moment" that demonstrates "the extraordinary progress" of this "construction site that seemed impossible." After the dizzying visit of the spire at a height of 96 meters, in the sky of Paris, the president with the worker's helmet descended to the central nave, accompanied by his wife Brigitte, to speak to the press. The Archbishop of Paris, Laurent Ulrich, recently called for the state to commission "a series of six stained glass windows for the south side chapels of the nave." I fully endorse it," Macron said. It is with my full agreement that we will launch a competition to allow contemporary artists to submit, on the basis of a specific commission, a figurative work for Notre Dame. For the head of state, "our century" will thus find its place "among the many others that figure among the works of the cathedral." Macron specified that the old nineteenth-century windows, as well as the cockerel that fell with the implosion of the spire during the fire, "will find their place in a museum of the Notre Dame factory", which will be inaugurated in the nearby spaces of the Hotel-Dieu.

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