PARIS (AP) – France’s Notre Dame Cathedral is finally stable and safe enough for artisans to begin rebuilding it, more than two years after the shocking fire tore through its roof, toppled its spire and threatened to destroy the rest of the medieval monument. down too.
The government agency overseeing the reconstruction announced in a statement Saturday that work to secure the structure, which began the day after the April 15, 2019 fire, was finally completed.
Carpenters, scaffolding experts, professional climbers, organ mechanics and others participated in the effort, which included special temporary structures to secure the iconic towers, vaults and walls of the massive roofless structure, and a special “umbrella” to protect it from the outdoor. .
Negotiations will now begin with the companies bidding to participate in the gigantic reconstruction effort, the statement said. It will include about 100 different tenders for various projects. Work to restore the organ will begin in the fall, with other work expected to begin in the winter.
The agency upholds President Emmanuel Macron’s goal of allowing visitors to return indoors in 2024, the year Paris hosts the Olympics.
The announcement was made on a weekend in which France and countries in Europe celebrate Heritage Days, when historical monuments, government buildings and other sites are opened to the public.