Archbishop Michel Aupetit and three clergymen who accompanied him wore hard hats as they entered the damaged cathedral that is closed to the public and which he described as “half collapsed.” They then took off the helmets for the ceremony, in front of a large cross and the gaping hole in the cathedral’s roof.
Notre Dame came back to life, if only for a fleeting instant, in a Paris locked down against the coronavirus.
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.
Before the Cathedral of Notre Dame caught fire last April, it had the dubious distinction of being the most visited monument in the world. Twelve million were visiting Notre Dame each year.
But how many of the people who visited actually knew what they were looking at?
Because of coronavirus the human World is in crisis and any restoration on Notre Dame has been paused.
But the linked article has some interesting things, including money that has actually been collected.
UK-based Windfall Films has made a documentary about how the restoration of Notre Dame is going. It will be shown on BBC4 in the UK and public broadcaster PBS in the US.
Of course things are unknown right now about what will be happening because of coronavirus.
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.
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.
We live, we die. Some of us die horrible, tragic deaths, others die peacefully.
Smile and laugh if you can, humour is good medicine.
The lead roof melted into jagged stalactites
At the Historical Monuments Research Laboratory, the laboratory tasked with conserving all the nation’s monuments, director Aline Magnien and her 22 colleagues apply techniques from geology to metallurgy as they evaluate the condition of Notre Dame’s stone, mortar, glass, paint, and metal.
Colossus is about 1.6 m long, 78 cm wide and 76 cm tall. It weighs 500 kg empty.
In front of the eyes of an aghast public, the spire of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris collapses. To firefighters, this isn’t just a cultural tragedy, the collapse means that the structure of the church is further destabilized by the flames. From this point on, entering the cathedral to fight the fire from within is very dangerous. The incident commander decides to send the robot Colossus into the cathedral.
During the fire of Notre Dame, the fire hose of the robot was used to keep the inner walls of the church and the structural elements of the building wet and prevent the fire from spreading. Via a supply hose, the robot was provided with almost 3,000 liters of water per minute – without the slightest danger to human personnel. Colossus is operated via a remote-control module with a display.
William Boyd, the award-winning British novelist and screenwriter of “Chaplin” and “Any Human Heart,” is set to write the screenplay of a high-profile miniseries centred on the devastating fire that ripped through Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral in April 2019. The multi-layered narrative will be told from multiple perspectives and is to shed light on what triggered the fire and how firefighters and police officers battled to save the iconic cathedral from total destruction.