Too often takes a catastrophic accident to elicit the funding to preserve artistic treasures like Notre Dame, but will it be done without falsifying history?
Jean-Claude Bellanger, the head of the Compagnons du Devoir association which trains people to work in ancient crafts, alerted the French government in the wake of the fire that there was a lack of people in the building trade, which could slow down Notre-Dame’s reconstruction.
Investigators have noted that there in a lot of toxic lead in the dust from the fire.
Dassault Systemes, who offered their help and software with the restoration, has a long history with the cathedral. Back in 2014, the company put out Paris 3D: an interactive 3D model of Paris throughout history, which shows the building of Notre Dame amidst other attractions in the city.
Dresden was reduced to ruins at the end of the second world war but has been rebuilt. Perhaps the people in Paris should consider Dresden’s Frauenkirche.
French police investigators are today beginning a detailed analyse of the remains of the Notre Dame fire to try to work out the cause. There have already been speculations but nothing is yet proved.
An architect who has been dead for 140 years now has plans to restore Notre Dame in Paris.
The Washington Post today has an excellent article detailing the damage and the task ahead.
In Paris climbers have helped put tarpaulins on the badly damaged roof of Notre Dame to help protect the cathedral from the rain.
An article on Irish Central by Diarmuid Pepper (@Diarmuid_9) thinks that the restoration of Notre Dame is not a worthy cause.