Things you may not know about the Notre Dame restoration

Notre Dame exterior
Photo: Matt Munro

In order to get the Notre Dame restoration elements correct,  no effort has been spared in locating the correct materials. In order to stabilize and restore the vault, experts must identify limestone with identical properties as the centuries-old blocks already intricately locked in place.

Geologist Lise Leroux studied the stone to find its origin, leading her to quarries beneath Paris, now commonly known as the Catacombs, where she has been able to match micro-fossils found there with the samples from the vaulting stones in the cathedral.

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/notre-dame-cathedral-five-facts

Notre Dame will celebrate Christmas but with a hired organ

Notre Dame organ
Photo: AP

Christmas will not be cancelled at Notre Dame in Paris this year, but there are some changes.

The choir will sing on Christmas Eve as usual  but with 20 singers, safely distanced, and an organ will be rented from a donor bank.

The conductor will be Henri Chalet, with soloists soprano Julie Fuchs and cellist Gautier Capuçon.

A change in calendar?

Photo: The Calendar King

This is nothing to do with Notre Dame although Donald Trump might put in an offer to buy the cathedral and turn in into a hotel now he’s been defeated as US President.

Anyway, now the UK is leaving the EU, the calendar will be changed to “make everything better”, according to current UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

It has been suggested that January and March will be cut to 30 days and the days added to February so it gets 30 days too.

The extra day every four years to keep the calendar in sync with the seasons will simply be called “leap day” and whilst some people thought it would be best to have it at New Year if needed, in the end a greater number thought it would be best to have it random at the whim of the Prime Minster. However it was absolute that no one could have a birthday on that day.

The UK is confident that if it changes the calendar then every other country will follow the lead and change in a few years too.

What could be better? Or have I got it wrong…

The badly fire-damaged scaffolding has been removed

above Notre Dame

Scaffolding has been successfully removed from the roof of Paris’ Notre Dame more than a year after the historic cathedral caught fire, representing a critical step in its lengthy and arduous restoration process. On Tuesday, the cathedral celebrated, posting a photo taken from above the iconic building.

https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/restorers-remove-dangerous-notre-dame-cathedral-scaffolding

BBC programme Storyville looks back on the fire

The spire of the Notre Dame collapsing
Photo: Thierry Mallet - AP
The spire of the Notre Dame collapsing on April 15, 2019

On Monday the 16th of November the BBC programme Storyville took a look back at the raging fire of Notre Dame on the 15th of April 2019.

Over its 90-minute course, this minute-by-minute Storyville documentary brings us a parade of tears, prayers, peril, gargoyles, French President Macron, stern faces lit by flickering flames, an emotional Monsignor, desperate decisions, giant bells, the stalwart mayor of Paris, and lots of battle metaphors. A film director would make much of the scene where a firefighter eventually emerges clutching the precious Crown. Oh no! That’s the replica!

https://www.ft.com/content/2de75c8b-bc6b-456a-ac10-56162cc62e40#comments-anchor

Where is the Notre Dame restoration now?

Exterior of Notre Dame
Photo: Kiran Ridley, Getty Images

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/

Carpenters display truss at Notre Dame

Truss
Photo: AP

With precision and boundless energy, a team of carpenters used medieval techniques to raise up — by hand — a 3-ton oak truss Saturday in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, a replica of the wooden structures that were consumed in the landmark’s devastating April 2019 fire that also toppled its spire.

The truss mounted for the weekend display is a replica of truss No. 7, more advanced that the first six trusses, which were “more primitive,” said Florian Carpentier, site manager for the team from Carpenters Without Borders team that felled the trees and used axes to cut the logs for the wooden frame. With rope cables and a rustic pulley system, the carpenters slowly pulled the truss they built in July from the ground where it was laid out.

https://www.voanews.com/europe/carpenters-wow-public-medieval-techniques-notre-dame

Notre Dame crypt reopens on Wednesday, 18 months after the blaze

Notre Dame exterior
Photo: Alain Jocaird (AFP)

The archeological crypt of Notre Dame reopens on Wednesday, 9th September, with an exhibition retracing the cathedral’s turbulent history nearly 18 months after it was ravaged by fire.

The exhibition pays homage to French writer Victor Hugo and the architect Eugene Viollet-Le-Duc, the two men behind the resurrection of the cathedral in the 19th century.

https://lifestyle.inquirer.net/370318/notre-dame-crypt-reopens-with-exhibition-18-months-after-blaze/

Notre Dame fire deposited one metric ton of lead Into Paris

Notre Dame fire
Photo: Carolin Krug

A new study published in the journal GeoHealth has assessed the fallout from the blaze and found that the 460 tons of lead tiles on the roof of Notre Dame cathedral triggered a 20-fold increase in airborne lead concentrations in neighboring Paris at a distance of 31 miles from the fire.

https://www.iflscience.com/environment/notredame-fire-deposited-one-metric-ton-of-lead-into-paris-study-shows/