At Notre Dame as well as the forecourt the crypt will probably open too

Notre Dame exterior
Photo: Vicente Sargues

As an addition to our story that Notre Dame could reopen to the public as early as next month the crypt will probably open too.

Emmanuel Grégoire, deputy mayor of Paris, said the internationally cherished cathedral’s plaza and crypt should reopen sometime before the summer “if everything goes OK,

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Visit Notre Dame being rebuilt in a VR

roof after the fire

This sixteen-minute VR experience takes you around the cathedral, reconstructing the terrible fire of last April, showing superimposed images of the past life and the present emptiness of the cathedral.

A bunch of outstanding personalities accompany the public on this interesting journey, by showing vibrant images of the cathedral taken from various archives and alternating them with some bleak images of its current condition.

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In wake of the devastating 2019 Notre Dame fire, authors write

Notre Dame
Photo: Jeff Whyte

The silver lining in the Notre Dame fire is that no human lives were lost. An alarm was sounded and the cathedral was cleared a half hour before flames were sighted. There has been no evidence found, as of yet, that the burning was the act of a terrorist.

Notre Dame has survived desecration during the French Revolution, German bombings during both World War I and II, and shifts of architectural and decorative tastes. It will rise again even if it takes longer than French President Macron predicts.

Ken Follett and Kathy Borrus have new books.

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Notre Dame could reopen to the public as early as next month

workers in Notre Dame
Photo: Stephan de Sakutin

Well, at least the forecourt in front, anyway.

Paris officials have announced that the forecourt in front of the fire-damaged Notre Dame cathedral could reopen to the public as early as next month. Local authorities said on Wednesday that the square will be accessible as soon as it gets the all-clear from health and safety officials, who are still concerned about the presence of toxic lead particles in the area.

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So what is happening to Notre Dame’s bees?

Bees on the roof of Notre Dame
Photo: Dmitry Kostyukov

The bees of Notre Dame, whose escape from the inferno seemed almost miraculous, are thriving and conserving their energy ready to produce honey this summer, just as they have every year since they took up residence on the sacristy roof in 2013.

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Why removing the melted scaffolding from Notre Dame may be the key

scaffolding melted
Photo: Lionel Bonaventure

Removing that scaffolding will be as complicated as it is crucial. Multiple levels of steel beams will need to be placed around the scaffolding to provide support and stabilization. Technicians, who will be lowered into the web of tangled scaffolding by telescoping crawler cranes, must carefully coat the pipes to minimize lead pollution from the burned roof before ultimately cutting the obstructions away.

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Notre Dame rebuild won’t be rushed

Notre Dame exterior
Photo: The Associated Press

Jean-Louis Georgelin told a French parliament commission Wednesday that workers are still securing the structure. Concerns persist that Notre Dame’s vaulted ceilings could collapse.

“Even if we are rather confident and even if all the indicators seem positive, it is still too early to affirm that the cathedral is saved,” he said.

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And so Trump mentions Notre Dame at Davos

At Davos, Trump devoted almost the entirety of his 40 minutes on stage listing what he said were his economic achievements at home. But in one small gesture to Europe, Trump invoked the continent’s rich history and its development of wealthy commercial centers before launching into a long-winded tangent about last year’s fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Trump used it as an example of how Europe once had “unbridled ambitions,” and said that the church would one day be “restored magnificently” to once again be “giving glory to god.”

Trump made no mention of buying Notre Dame and turning it into a hotel.

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Notre Dame to reveal secrets from its medieval history

Notre Dame exterior
Photo: Denis Meyer

Alexa Dufraisse, a dendroanthropologist, suggested that studying this nearly 1,000-year-old wood of the now-gutted attic of Notre Dame could give us insight into historical weather patterns, which could in turn teach us about modern climate change. She told Science News that this study could not have been undertaken had the fire not occurred.

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