France's Notre-Dame cathedral, destroyed by fire, is being restored just like before the inferno and is ready to hold its fair before the Paris Olympics in 2024, an official promise
The centuries-old Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris is being rebuilt as it was before it got caught in a fire last year, the public institution responsible for its restoration said on Thursday.
The April 2019 fire destroyed the Gothic landmark and the main tourist attraction, and destroyed the tower and roof in a catastrophe that stunned the observing world.
A national commission for cultural heritage and architecture approved plans to restore the cathedral to its last "complete, coherent and known" condition, including the tower, the restoration agency said in a statement.
The tower of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris crashes during the fire that devastated the 800-year-old building in April 2019
Flames will destroy the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral in April 2019
After the fire, President Emmanuel Macron promised to rebuild Notre-Dame within five years, and later proposed to use a contemporary design for the tower.
Church officials hope Notre-Dame will be open to Mass by 2024 if the Paris Olympics are to take place.
Extensive repair work to rebuild a large part of the building structure will be suspended for the foreseeable future after blocking measures have prevented employees from accessing the site
Prosecutors said the cause of the fire is still unclear. Parts of the destroyed scaffold sit blackened and charred with soot, as shown in July 2019
On April 15, 2019, millions of people around the world watched in horror as firefighters struggled through the night to save the cathedral when a fire broke through the roof and overturned the church tower.
On the first anniversary of the fire, there were concerns that the work had stopped.
Repairs had been delayed for months after more than 300 tons of lead melted from the roof in the flame and the area was covered with toxic particles that were difficult to remove.
There were further delays in winter when work was interrupted after the wind reached speeds of over 40 km / h, and shutting down the corona virus still caused further problems.
Plans to remove 40,000 scaffolding poles, which were originally built for a renovation project, have been thwarted by the spread of the coronavirus in France and the measures taken on March 17 to contain the infection.