Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is on course to reopen to worshipers and the public in 2024,
according to Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak’s statement on Thursday, almost three years after the devastating fire.
In the statement, she noted that the clean-up phase of the restoration project is now completed,
allowing rebuilding work to get underway.
The 12th-century cathedral is being restored to its previous design,
including the 96-meter spire designed by architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc in the mid-1800s, for which new timber has been selected.
We are confident that 2024 will be the year a large part of this work is completed, the year of the re-opening of the cathedral to worshippers and to the public. - Abdul Malak, while visiting the site
During the fire of April 15,
the scaffolding built for the restoration survived the collapse of the spire but was warped by the heat of the fire and ended up resting directly on the vaults, putting them in danger.
a complex project which required careful preparation due to its structural instability.
After removing the debris, the cathedral was reinforced with wooden frames,
and bracings were built to support the buttresses.