Notre Dame is on track to reopen in 2024, says French culture minister

This recent photo shows scaffolding around Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral as reconstruction of the fire-damaged roof and spire continues. (Source: Reuters)

Notre Dame, a major tourist attraction worldwide, was destroyed after a fire broke out in 2019 and the cause of the fire in the monument has not been determined till date.

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Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is on track to reopen to worshipers and the public in 2024, Culture Minister Rima Abdel Malik said Thursday, three years after its roof was destroyed by a massive fire.

He said the cleanup phase of the restoration project has been completed, allowing reconstruction to begin at the end of the summer.

Notre Dame has been closed for renovations since a fire in 2019 caused its roof to collapse and its spires toppling, leaving spectators and viewers in France and around the world watching on television and social media. There was panic among the people.

“We are confident that 2024 will be the year when a major part of this work will be completed, the year the cathedral will be reopened to worshipers and the public,” Abdul Malik said while touring the site.

Shortly after the fire in April 2019, President Emmanuel Macron said the cathedral – which dates back to the 12th century – would be rebuilt and later promised to reopen it to worshipers by 2024, when France hosts the Olympic Games. will host the games.

The cathedral will be restored to its original design, including the 96-metre (315 ft) spire designed by the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in the mid-1800s and with new timbers. was chosen.

After the completion of the conservation phase in 2021 and work to clean the interior of the cathedral, the reconstruction mainly involved rebuilding the wooden roof structure, vaults and spire.

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