(PARIS) — Notre Dame Cathedral shall be rebuilt simply the way in which it stood earlier than final 12 months’s devastating hearth.
No swimming pool or natural backyard on the roof of the medieval Paris monument, or up to date glass spire, or different fashionable twists. And to remain traditionally correct, it would once more be constructed with probably poisonous lead.
That’s the decision reached by French President Emmanuel Macron, the cathedral’s present-day architects and the final in control of the colossal reconstruction mission for one of many world’s most treasured landmarks.
Macron, who needs Notre Dame reopened in time for the 2024 Olympics, had initially pushed for a recent contact atop the cathedral, prompting eye-catching proposals from architects around the globe.
However Macron got here round to the traditionalists’ argument, and accepted reconstruction plans for the 12th century monument that have been offered Thursday, in response to an announcement from the state company overseeing the mission.
The plan consists of recreating the 19th century spire designed by architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc that collapsed within the hearth and “favors constancy to the monument’s type and a restoration of the cathedral in its newest state,” the assertion stated.
Which means how Notre Dame was on the afternoon of April 15, 2019, earlier than the fireplace broke out, consumed the roof and threatened the rose-windowed twin towers that maintain the cathedral upright.
Greater than a 12 months later, the construction stays unstable. It took practically a 12 months to filter harmful lead residue launched within the hearth and to get to the purpose the place staff might begin eradicating scaffolding that had been in place for a earlier renovation effort. Precise reconstruction received’t begin till subsequent 12 months.
The reconstruction plan offered Thursday says the mission will replicate unique supplies “to ensure the authenticity, concord and coherence of this masterpiece of Gothic artwork.”
These supplies included tons of lead, which is elevating considerations amongst well being and environmental teams. Lead particles launched through the hearth compelled faculties within the space to shut and prompted a prolonged, painstaking cleanup effort of the cathedral’s historic neighborhood on an island within the middle of Paris.