No swimming pool or organic garden on the roof of the medieval Paris monument, or contemporary glass spire, or other modern twists. And to stay historically accurate, it will again be built with potentially toxic lead.
That’s the verdict reached by French President Emmanuel Macron, the cathedral’s present-day architects and the general in charge of the colossal reconstruction project for one of the world’s most treasured landmarks.
Greenpeace activists display a banner that reads: “Climate: In Action”
Greenpeace activists on Thursday hung a banner reading “Climate: Time to Act!” from a crane towering over the fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
The World Meteorological Organization said in a report earlier on Thursday that Earth would continue to warm over the next five years and global temperatures may temporarily rise to more than 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels.
Claudine Loisel is a glass specialist at the Historical Monuments Research Laboratory in Champs-Sur-Marne, France
Stained glass is a magical material, whether in a church or a laboratory.
Conservation scientist Claudine Loisel is spellbound by the stained-glass splendours that survived a devastating fire at Paris’s famous cathedral.
Archbishop Michel Aupetit announced recently that reconstruction work may resume “in January 2021,” even while he admitted that “there are always possible risks.”
The question of the new spire which is to crown the nave of the building—identical restoration or “reinvention”—is likely to distance the horizon of reopening of the cathedral in 2024, as still desired and believed by the head of state.
As the much-awaited restoration work inside the cathedral of Notre Dame has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, the fence surrounding the construction site was brightened up by an exhibition of childrens drawings representing the beloved Parisian cathedral.
Uperio’s new Potain MDT 809 tower crane working on the Notre Dame Cathedral
Launched last year, the Potain MDT 809 is Uperio’s largest topless crane, offering a maximum capacity of 25 tonnes and an 80 metre jib. Since taking delivery late last year, the crane has been working on the reconstruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Workers suspended from ropes will be lowered into the charred remains of scaffolding that melted atop Notre Dame when the cathedral went up in flames and begin the delicate job of dismantling the 200 tons of metal.
An announcement that the work will start today (8th June) and last through the summer months came Sunday from the office overseeing the restoration of the centuries-old jewel of Gothic architecture ravaged by fire on 15th April, 2019.
Sometimes, the fire at Notre Dame seems to fade into insignificance.
In the USA, the sheer tumult of the Trump era, the unceasing torrent of events that were unthinkable even hours before, has left a nation constantly off balance, unable to find its bearing and grasp how far it has traveled.
On Monday, an entirely peaceful protest was driven out of a city square in front of the White House with teargas, baton charges and mounted police, so Trump could pose in front of a church with a Bible.
Perhaps, some heroes may be needed.
The body overseeing the Gothic structure’s restoration issued a statement this Sunday the 31st May, saying that the reopening was finally made possible after several deep clean operations took place to remove toxic lead dust from the large forecourt.
To protect public health, the site will continue to “be regularly cleaned and samples also taken” for monitoring and analysis.
The cathedral is still closed, and will be for several years during renovations.
Dominic Cummings in his car
Normally we wouldn’t post this as it’s not about Notre Dame, but this information comes from a source at the top of the UK government.
Apparently, if you’re worried about your eyesight you can avoid any queue at the opticians but carrying out this test yourself.
Just drive for about 30 miles or so and if you don’t hit anything your eyesight is okay, probably. To be extra safe put your family in the car too, particularly a young child, four would be an ideal age.
Oh and if any of you are suffering from a virus, well we all get that from time to time, don’t we?
Look, I know the source has been revealed on other outlets so I might as well reveal it here, Dominic Cummings, a special advisor to the UK Prime Minister. Surely he can’t be lying? Er, I mean wrong?