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French carpenters lift a timber truss as they rebuild Notre Dame using 800 year old techniques


French carpenters lift a timber frame as they carefully rebuild Notre Dame using 800 year old techniques

  • The team manually lifted a three-ton oak truss in front of the famous landmark
  • The wooden structures are a replica of those that were consumed in the fire in April 2019
  • It comes after a decision is made to recreate the cathedral in its original form

A team of carpenters are using 800 year old techniques to carefully rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral.

On September 19, the team lifted a three-ton oak truss by hand in front of the famous Paris landmark.

The wooden structures are a replica of those that were consumed in the devastating fire in April 2019.

A team of carpenters used an 800-year-old technique to carefully rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral by lifting a three-ton oak truss in front of the landmark on September 19

Medieval techniques were used by the carpenters to build the triangular frames in the central part of the church according to AP.

It comes after a decision is made to recreate the cathedral in its original form.

General Jean-Louis Georgelin, head of reconstruction, said building the carpentry identically was the "right choice".

The tower was also toppled in the flames, and there was debate over whether the new tower should be futuristic or made of refractory cement.

In July it was decided to respect the cathedral's original design and materials.

A total of 25 trusses are to be installed in the nave. President Emmanuel Macron wants it to reopen in time for the Paris Olympics in 2024.

The wooden structures are a replica of those that were consumed in the devastating fire in April 2019, and it was decided to recreate the cathedral in its original form

The wooden structures are a replica of those that were consumed in the devastating fire in April 2019 and it was decided to recreate the cathedral in its original form

Using rope cables and a rustic pulley system, the carpenters slowly pulled the framework built in July out of the ground in which it was laid.

Once the replica of the truss was up, a carpenter gleamed up the wooden beams to attach an oak branch to the top of the triangular structure.

This is a symbol of prosperity and a greeting to workers, a tradition that is still honored in many European countries.

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