The reconstruction of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris has reached a significant milestone with the installation of a new oak spire, a replica of the original designed by the renowned 19th-century architect, Eugène Viollet-Le-Duc. The original spire was lost in a devastating fire on April 15, 2019. The decision to replicate Viollet-Le-Duc's design was taken to maintain the historical continuity of this iconic landmark.
Unveiling a New Spire
Tuesday, November 28, marked a visual change in the Parisian sky as the outline of the new spire on the Notre-Dame Cathedral became visible. Despite the scaffolding that still surrounds the new spire, its silhouette is clearly noticeable. Officials overseeing the reconstruction project have been reserved about commenting on the progress until the final touches are complete.
Restoration on Schedule
According to the authorities, the solid oak structure of the spire, reaching 96 metres (315 feet) high, was anticipated to be visible 'before Christmas.' The same source confirmed that the structure would be completed in December. The scaffolding will remain in place to facilitate the installation of the spire's cover and lead ornaments early next year.
Reopening of Notre-Dame Cathedral
The cathedral is set to reopen on December 8, 2024, a date confirmed by President Emmanuel Macron. This reopening will come after the Paris Summer Olympics. The frames of the nave and choir of the cathedral, which also suffered damage in the fire, are due for completion in 2024. Post this, the construction of the roof will commence. The final stages will involve cleaning the interior, which spans some 42,000 square metres, and installing new furniture.
The installation of the new spire is a powerful symbol of progress in the ongoing efforts to restore Notre-Dame to its former glory. The restoration process, closely followed globally, underscores the cultural and historical significance of the cathedral.