In its cocoon, the tower of Notre-Dame will rise in the Paris sky before Christmas

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Disappeared in a terrible fire in 2019, the tower is due to be practically rebuilt before the end of the year, but will remain protected in its scaffolding.

there “familiar silhouette» the tower of Notre-Dame, devastated by fire in 2019, will be visible in the sky of Paris «before Christmas», we learned on Friday from the public institution in charge of supervising its renovation project. “The project is progressing well and the solid oak structure or tower frame will be completed in December. Its famous silhouette is expected to peak again at 96 meters above the ground before Christmas“, said the same source.

The tower, identical to the previous one, designed by the 19th-century architect Viollet-Le-Duc, which collapsed in a fire on April 15, 2019, will still remain surrounded by the scaffolding used to erect this structure. he “will be used to install shrouds and lead ornaments in 2024“, they added from the institution.

The reopening is planned for December 8, 2024

December 8, 2024 in sight. In the meantime, the works are progressing. “The assembly of the frame of the nave and the choir of the cathedral – which also collapsed in the fire – will be completed at the beginning of 2024, when their roofing can also begin.“. As for internal catering, “simultaneous cleaning of the walls, painted decorations and vaults (total area 42,000 m²) and gradual dismantling of the scaffolding were completed“, this source added.

Current last quarter 2024“, after completion “installation of technical networks in the country» and the latest interior restorations, the cathedral will be ready to welcome its brand new liturgical furniture in dark brown bronze, sober and massive, as well as 1500 open design chairs made of solid oak.

The reopening of the cathedral remains scheduled for December 8, 2024, after the summer Olympics in Paris, as Emmanuel Macron confirmed during a national tribute to General Jean-Louis Georgelin, who oversaw the construction site, in late August. and died by accident this summer. He was succeeded by his right-hand man, senior civil servant Philippe Jost. A masterpiece of Gothic art admired throughout the world, Notre-Dame de Paris received an average of 12 million visitors each year before the fire, 2,500 services and 150 concerts.

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