The Notre Dame fire prompted an orgy of wallet-waving

Notre Dame fire
Photo: Véronique de Viguerie

Barely had the dust settled on Notre Dame Cathedral, after the horrifying fire in April, than the world’s architects started cranking out visions of how the famous spire could be rebuilt.

But others maintain this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, beyond rethinking just the spire. “Paris has a problem with modern architecture,” says Jean-François Cabestan, an architectural historian. “Here is a chance for a proper international debate, not only about the spire, but how to re-plan the surrounding Île de la Cité – to turn it from a no man’s land for tourists into a real part of Paris.”

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/dec/12/the-notre-dame-fire-prompted-an-orgy-of-wallet-waving-is-the-cathedral-now-rising-from-the-ashes

In other news, Notre Dame cathedral was one of the most-searched news topics on Google in the 2019.

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Notre Dame in gingerbread

gingerbread Notre Dame

Earlier this year one of the world’s most iconic landmarks burned as flames ripped through the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Several members of a Kansas City area church are trying to do their best to honor the cathedral in a festive way, they crafted a massive replica of the cathedral out of gingerbread, and it’s nearly all edible.

https://www.tv20detroit.com/news/national/church-members-honor-notre-dame-with-gingerbread-replica

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New public body overseeing Notre Dame meets for the 1st time

Notre Dame after the fire
Photo: AFP

The board of trustees of the new public body overseeing the construction of Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral is meeting for the first time. Officials on Tuesday are discussing the roadmap for the building’s reconstruction, two days after the body was legally created.

https://www.newser.com/article/b70128c208d04cc8883dfc07a9dd132d/public-body-overseeing-notre-dame-works-meets-for-1st-time.html

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Firefighting robots Increase in profile after Notre Dame fire

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Colossus, a fire-fighting robot, was deployed in the nave of the Notre Dame cathedral during the destructive fire on April 15 in Paris. Pumping water high into the air and onto the flames, the robot was instrumental in turning the tide for firefighters, extinguishing the fire and lowering temperatures inside the nave.

https://www.thebigredguide.com/insights/firefighting-robots-increase-profile-success-notre.1574355708.html

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Gold coin auctioned to support Notre Dame restoration

Gold Coin

A gold coin, offered to Napoleon III commemorating the end of the restoration of Notre Dame de Paris in 1864, reached 170,000 Swiss francs (about 155,000 Euros) during its auction sale in Geneva on November 19, 2019. The sale was organized by “Numismatica Genevensis” which supports the efforts of the reconstruction of Notre Dame, victim of a violent fire on April 15th.

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A bridge near Notre Dame

Bridge in Paris
Photo: Leonard Cotte

The backside of Notre Dame is the creation of Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, the young architect in charge of the cathedral’s restoration in the 19th century. It looks nothing like the grandiose main entrance, whose hundreds of medieval stone carvings make it one of the most recognisable images of Paris around the world.

The view from behind is different from what it was just a few months ago. During the great fire of April 15, 2019, the cathedral lost the spire that Viollet-le-Duc erected, and sections of the roof are hidden under protective scaffolding. But the structure still shows its splendor at night, the flat, dark silhouette of its flying buttresses visible through the trees.

https://www.todayonline.com/world/knowing-paris-its-bridges

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Tempers flare over rebuilding of Notre Dame spire

the 15th April fire

General Jean-Louis Georgelin and chief architect Philippe Villeneuve are at odds over whether to replace the cathedral”s spire — which was toppled in the April 15 blaze — with an exact replica, or mix things up with a modern twist. “As for the chief architect, I have already explained that he should shut his mouth,” Georgelin erupted, to gasps of astonishment from those present at a meeting on Wednesday.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/14/notre-dame-fire-row-general-tells-architect-shut-his-mouth

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