Two years later, this is the latest from the restoration of the University of Notre Dame


The world was watching when the church spire fell After the fire was destroyed on April 15, 2019 A landmark centuries ago. Now, two years later, the church is still undergoing a major restoration. This Gothic gem is rebuilt with oak trees from a local forest, as 200 construction workers work on-site each day.According to French President Emmanuel Macron, the goal is to repair the church Before the city hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics, Scheduled to start in Paris on July 26, 2024. But is that a realistic goal?

“That’s a subtle question,” says President Michel Picaud. Notre Dame de Paris friends, Charity fundraising to rebuild the church. “Opening the cathedral in 2024 is not necessarily the last step in restoration,” he continues. “There’s still a lot to do. Everyone expects to enter the cathedral by 2024, but then we’ll continue for a complete restoration.”

The pandemic stagnated the recovery process, but work resumed.

The pandemic stagnated the recovery process, but work resumed.

Photo: Alexis Menda

The first step in rebuilding the Notre Dame roof and spire is Safety stage, Started in the summer of 2019 and continued until November 2020. Scaffolding was built around the cathedral to restore the spire, tarpaulins were installed above the vault, gargoyles were wrapped, and flying buttresses were reinforced. Construction continued until a pandemic occurred.There was a three-month break Reconstruction Construction resumed in early 2020, but workers removed more than 300 tonnes of burnt scaffolding surrounding the spire, which took until December 2020.

To get rid of the scaffolding on the roof Secondary structure of metal beam It was built on three levels to prevent the collapse of the church. Workers were hanging on ropes to access the center of the scaffolding.

The current goal is to open the cathedral by the summer of 2024.

The current goal is to open the cathedral by the summer of 2024.

Photo: Alexis Menda

The latest update from Notre Dame is that all burned timber has been removed. “We have made great strides in the past month and it is very encouraging,” says Picault. “The last time I visited the church, I saw one of the biggest steps: setting up a scaffolding inside the cathedral.”

The church relies on donations through funding organizations and once reopened there is no ticketing system (free admission). “As you can imagine, it’s hard to do a lot,” said Picault, who is planning a virtual event with the French Embassy at 12:00 pm EST on April 15th. Update the status.

Even today, there are still holes above the church. They are also building a replica of the church’s spire, first designed by the 19th century architect Eugene Eviole Duc. It is made up of more than 1,000 oak trees donated by public and private forests throughout France. Trees are logged this spring before sap is released, collected and stored for 12-18 months in preparation for the reconstruction phase. From the fall of 2022..

Long, straight oak trees used in restored structures are being sent from all over France to Paris.

Long, straight oak trees used in restored structures are being sent from all over France to Paris.

Photo: Didier Cuiset / Europe Echafaudage

The goal is to store the wood at low humidity levels (less than 30%). Each tree must be long enough to fit a 65-foot-long overhead curve to restore the roof framework (nave and choir). Some trees are over 200 years old, according to Bertland Munch, director of the National Forestry Department.

Progress is slow, but a team of engineers, carpenters, and construction workers has hope. “The choice of these first oak trees is an important step on the road to cathedral regeneration,” says Dominique Jallier, president of the National Federation of Forest Municipalities. “It’s part of a big change.” But with all the effort and determination, it seems worth the wait.

Originally appeared Architectural digest

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