A few days ago Le Figaro published a picture from inside Notre Dame Cathedral at the moment the area above the altar caught fire and began to rain down hot lead from the 856-year-old roof. It is simultaneously horrifying and mesmerizingly beautiful.
The restoration of Notre Dame will takes years, we know that. But how many? Will in be the five years that French President Macron promised or will it take much, much longer? Will everyone be safe during the work?
Only time will tell.
Notre Dame has joined Peru’s Machu Picchu, and the Gingerbread Neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti on the 25 cultural heritage sites listed on the 2020 World Monuments Watch of endangered places.
“I don’t watch TV or the news a lot, but when I did catch a little glimpse of it, it was always about the academics and the historians. And being a construction worker, nobody ever talks about the guy that’s crawling in the ash, you know, the asbestos ash” Springfield photographer, Steven Spencer said.
The article says there’s a video but I couldn’t see any video to play but anyway, there’s some interesting text.
The new roof of Notre Dame, whose old roof went up in smoke on the evening of the 15th April, will not begin until 2021.
Over 550 tons of fused and melted scaffold is currently hanging in the balance over the Paris monument’s roof that was destroyed in a huge fire six months ago. The scaffold needs to be dismantled without pieces falling into the building, says Christophe-Charles Rousselot, the head of the Notre Dame Foundation.
Since the closing of the cathedral, the tourist frequency is in free fall on the forecourt and in the adjacent streets. End greetings, souvenir sales or tours. The site remains desperately empty and the staff of the cathedral stand still. And the situation will continue.
Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, the top administrative cleric of Notre-Dame, said: “We’re still in the first phase, the phase of securing [the monument’s structure] which is lasting longer than initially planned.”
“Then there will be the second phase, dedicated to assessing the situation, we will work out how much the restoration will cost. The third phase, which will start in 2021, will be the restoration phase itself,” Mr Chauvet said.
Becasuse doesn’t any dramatic thing, good or bad, get a TV miniseries now? The Notre Dame fire is a prime example. Of course whether the series is made before the restoration is done and if it is made, if it’s any good… Well we will have to wait.
This early photograph was made in 1840 by Vincent Chevalier only a year after the public announcement by François Arago of the discovery of photography.