Good news for the lovers of the beautiful cathedral Notre Dame de Paris. The French Ministry of Culture announced that the spire of the cathedral should be rebuilt by the end of 2023 and that the cathedral should re-open to the public at the end of 2024*.
If you haven't followed the details of the reconstruction work, you may want to start by reading my previous update Will Notre Dame be restored.
Following the damages of the 2019 fire, the French authorities have put enormous efforts into the rebuilding of what is one of the most important historical landmarks in Paris, which used to drain 12 millions of visitors every year before the fire.
The first stages were not only to clear the rubbles but also to safely clean the entire inner surface of the cathedral, which were covered with toxic leaded dust generated by the fire.
At the same time, consolidation work started on the vaults and walls, which had been fragilized by the water used to quench the fire.
The government announced early-on that the iconic spire of the cathedral would be rebuilt exactly as it was, using the same materials and following the designs of 19th century architect Viollet-Le-Duc.
They announced today that this work should be completed by the end of 2023. The spire will be erected as soon as the vaults which support it have been completely restored.
The rest of the building should reopen to the public at the end of year 2024. The officials in charge of the renovations have indicated today that the work is progressing as planned. A large temporary hall has been erected in front of the cathedral, where sculptors are currently working on restoring the statues and sculptures which were damaged.