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Notre-Dame de Paris regains the silhouette of its spire

2023-11-28T18:40:38.852Z

Highlights: Notre-Dame de Paris regains the silhouette of its spire. Reopening scheduled for December 8, 2024, after the Paris Olympics in the summer. 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. The cathedral is to be ready to receive its new liturgical furniture in dark brown bronze, as well as 1,500 openwork designer chairs.


IN PICTURES - The reopening of Notre-Dame is scheduled for December 8, 2024, after the Paris Olympics in the summer, a date confirmed by Emmanuel Macron at the end of August.


A visual change in the sky over Paris on Tuesday: a spire shape now rises to the top of the scaffolding of Notre-Dame Cathedral, ravaged by fire in 2019, an AFP photographer found. 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.

On Friday, the school said the "familiar silhouette" of the spire would be visible "before Christmas," rising 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.

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. GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT - LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP

It "will be used for the installation of its lead cover and ornaments in 2024," the facility added. At the same time, "the assembly of the framework 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 roof can also begin".

The erection of the cathedral's nave and choir frames is expected to be completed in early 2024, when the installation of their roofs can also begin. LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP

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 to be ready to receive its new liturgical furniture in dark brown bronze, as well as 1,500 openwork designer 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.

Source: lefigaro

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