Where is the Notre Dame restoration now?

Exterior of Notre Dame
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One issue on which everyone involved in the restoration project agrees is  that Notre Dame is such an important part of French history, culture and religion it will be saved, no matter how much time it takes, or how much money it costs. It is central to French identity, and every effort will be made to save what can be saved, and reconstruct those parts that were destroyed by the fire.

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2020/10/26/notre-dame-2/

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Donations must be used to restore Notre Dame, court says

workers outside Notre Dame
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The French court of auditors has published a report insisting that the donations received to help rebuild Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral must not be used to fund the public body that is overseeing the restoration, but rather to directly fund the cathedral’s reconstruction.

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/french-court-auditors-rules-notre-dame-donations-1912604

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New VR experience recreates Notre Dame, the fire before, during and after

the VR
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A new virtual reality (VR) experience about the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris takes visitors into the cathedral both before, during and after the April 2019 fire.

Rebuilding Notre Dame begins by recounting the history of the gothic cathedral with close-ups of its gargoyles, bells and sacristy alongside the rector Patrick Chauvet talking about his sense of vocation. This footage was made three months prior to the fire for a Targo documentary on Chauvet.

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-vr-notre-dame

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The organ of Notre Dame getting a four-year clean

Notre Dame organ
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Pipe by precious pipe, the organ that once thundered through Notre Dame Cathedral is being taken apart after last year’s devastating fire.

The mammoth task of dismantling, cleaning and re-assembling France’s largest musical instrument started Monday and is expected to last nearly four years. It will take six months just to tune the organ, and its music isn’t expected to resound again through the medieval Paris monument until 2024, according to the state agency overseeing Notre Dame’s restoration.

Amazingly, the 8,000-pipe organ survived the April 2019 fire that consumed the cathedral’s roof and toppled its spire. But the blaze coated the instrument in toxic lead dust that must now be painstakingly removed.

https://www.voanews.com/europe/notre-dame-cathedrals-organ-getting-4-year-long-cleaning

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When will work on Notre Dame resume?

Notre Dame by night before the fire
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Notre Dame by night before the fire

We don’t know. Even when the virus pandemic has passed, the melted scaffolding is a problem.

Originally erected to restore the 19th-century spire, before the fire of last year, the melted scaffolding around the roof was initially planned to be removed starting March 23rd. Due to coronavirus related measures, the French authorities did not go through with the complicated process.

https://www.archdaily.com/938052/notre-dames-update-restoration-works-suspended-due-to-the-coronavirus-outbreak

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A small Good Friday service will be held at Notre Dame

Notre Dame in restoration
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But don’t attempt to go to Notre Dame.. With the current lock-down in France because of coronavirus the service will only be attended by seven people, although it will be televised in France.

The service will include a wreath rescued after the fire at Notre Dame almost a year ago.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-notre-dame/notre-dame-cathedral-to-hold-small-good-friday-service-amid-frances-coronavirus-lockdown-idUSKBN21P22Q

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Notre Dame restoration paused and now come the thieves

Notre Dame
Work on Notre Dame

Two men face charges for allegedly attempting to steal various stones from the cathedral. The men were taken into custody after guards at Notre Dame spotted them on the premises.

A spokesperson for Notre Dame said that the thieves likely intended to sell the stones on the black market.

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/notre-dame-cathedral-restoration-burglary-1202681869/

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So, no new news, but…

storks
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I reached 59 years old on Monday and all the news is about coronavirus and the huge number that will likely die.

Work on the restoration of Notre Dame has been paused because of the virus.

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/work-on-notredame-in-paris-halted-by-coronavirus/1763537

We live, we die. Some of us die horrible, tragic deaths, others die peacefully.

Smile and laugh if you can, humour is good medicine.

 

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