Talented craftsmen have been called on to roll up their sleeves in order to rebuild Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral, which was badly damaged in a fire two and a half years ago.
Paris – Talented craftsmen have been called on to roll up their sleeves in the rebuilding of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, which was badly damaged in a fire two and a half years ago. «I call on craftsmen and companies with expertise in monument preservation to mobilize and apply for the community of builders who are working with enthusiasm and determination to reopen the cathedral for services and visitors in 2024, just as the President of the Republic did has planned », said the construction officer Jean-Louis Georgelin at the start of tenders on Friday.
On April 15, 2019, the world-famous attraction on Paris Île de la Cité went up in flames. The fire spread in the roof structure and then hit large parts of the medieval building. The cause of the fire has not yet been fully clarified: a fault in the electrical system or a cigarette that was not put out could have triggered the fire.
In order to gain the best possible expertise for the complicated restoration, the work is divided into around 100 tenders of various sizes. This should enable craft businesses of various formats and the self-employed to contribute their expertise to the reconstruction, said Georgelin.
«The restoration of the crossing tower and the north and south transepts as well as the completion of the interior restoration, two symbolic measures of the restoration project, require a high level of expertise in the field of timber construction, lead roofing, scaffolding, but also in the restoration of ashlar stones and masonry, carpentry, painting and gilding, ironwork and the restoration of glass windows and sculptures ”, says the construction manager.
A precise estimate of the cost of the reconstruction has not yet been communicated. However, around 840 million euros in donations have already been collected, including from foundations. (dpa)
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