Notre Dame restoration may now be delayed until 2021

Notre Dame exterior

Archbishop Michel Aupetit announced recently that reconstruction work may resume “in January 2021,” even while he admitted that “there are always possible risks.”

The question of the new spire which is to crown the nave of the building—identical restoration or “reinvention”—is likely to distance the horizon of reopening of the cathedral in 2024, as still desired and believed by the head of state.

https://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/notre-dame-work-will-resume-early-2021-58922

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Workers begin to remove the tangle of melted scaffolding

Notre Dame forecourt
Photo: Thibault Camus

Workers suspended from ropes will be lowered into the charred remains of scaffolding that melted atop Notre Dame when the cathedral went up in flames and begin the delicate job of dismantling the 200 tons of metal.

An announcement that the work will start today (8th June) and last through the summer months came Sunday from the office overseeing the restoration of the centuries-old jewel of Gothic architecture ravaged by fire on 15th April, 2019.

https://www.sightmagazine.com.au/news/16020-workers-to-begin-untangling-charred-metal-web-on-paris-notre-dame

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How did we get here?

Steve Bell cartoon on Trump
Photo: Steve Bell / The Guardian

Sometimes, the fire at Notre Dame seems to fade into insignificance.

In the USA, the sheer tumult of the Trump era, the unceasing torrent of events that were unthinkable even hours before, has left a nation constantly off balance, unable to find its bearing and grasp how far it has traveled.

On Monday, an entirely peaceful protest was driven out of a city square in front of the White House with teargas, baton charges and mounted police, so Trump could pose in front of a church with a Bible.

Perhaps, some heroes may be needed.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/02/donald-trump-coronavirus-george-floyd-normalized

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