She's back... or almost. A spire shape now rises to the top of the scaffolding of Notre-Dame Cathedral, which was ravaged by fire in 2019. The public institution in charge of supervising it did not wish to comment on this progress of the construction site, which is continuing.
The structure of the spire is yet to be surrounded by a cover and its ornaments in the coming days. Notre-Dame is scheduled to reopen on December 8, 2024, after the Paris Olympics in the summer, a date confirmed by Emmanuel Macron at the end of August.
🏗️ It looks like it's the top of the arrow (the needle) that's being laid! 😍 #NotreDame pic.twitter.com/5n1200gy7J
— Baptiste Gianeselli (@BGianeselli) November 28, 2023
Last Friday, the school said the "familiar silhouette" of the spire would be visible "before Christmas," rising to 96 meters above the ground. "The solid oak timber structure or frame of the spire will be completed in December," the same source said.
The spire, identical to the previous one, designed by the 15th-century architect Viollet-Le-Duc, and which collapsed in the fire of April 2019, <>, will however remain surrounded by the scaffolding that was used to assemble this structure.
A titanic project
It "will be used for the installation of its lead roof and ornaments in 2024," the facility added. At the same time, "the assembly of the frameworks of the nave and choir of the cathedral – which had also collapsed in the fire – will be completed at the beginning of 2024, when the installation of their roofs can also begin".
The spire had collapsed in the fire. AFP/Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Ludovic Marin
As for the interior restoration, "the simultaneous cleaning of the walls, the painted decorations and the vaults (with a total area of 42,000 m2) is being completed and the scaffolding is being dismantled as it is being dismantled," the source added. The cathedral is expected to be ready for its new dark brown bronze liturgical furniture, as well as 1,500 openwork design chairs in solid oak, in the last quarter of 2024.
A masterpiece of Gothic art admired around the world, Notre-Dame de Paris welcomed an average of 12 million visitors each year before the fire, 2,500 services and 150 concerts.