Will a reconstructed Notre Dame look as before? Only perhaps

It is “way too early” to think about reconstruction, warns Thierry Zimmer, the deputy director of the Historical Monuments Research Laboratory, part of the French Ministry of Culture. “We are not sure we have completely saved the cathedral yet,” he explained.

Before reconstruction can begin, debris still has to be removed from inside the cathedral and the ceiling vaults must be stabilized. And restoring Notre Dame exactly as it was might not even be possible, Zimmer says. His team is analyzing the rubble and will advise architects and officials on materials.


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