Notre Dame: How much progress has been made in rebuilding two years after the massive fire?

Notre Dame: How much progress has been made in rebuilding two years after the massive fire?

Government French He has not moved the date: April 15, 2024, coinciding with the fifth anniversary of the fire that affected him, Our Lady will reopen its doors.

But the doubts about the success of the plan are many. Regardless of how much money and effort is involved, the coronavirus pandemic it has meant a delay in progress.

In April 2020, the France 24 portal said that, a year after the fire, activities were paralyzed by the COVID-19. Days before starting “remove the scaffolding and reopen the esplanade to the faithfulThey had to stop.

With the confinement, the 80 workers who worked in the Cathedral stopped working and postponed the dismantling of the scaffolding of 40 thousand pieces until after the confinement”, Said the media.

That, however, was not the first time that work was stopped.


France 24 notes that one of the controversies surrounding the reconstruction of Our Lady It began when, in mid-2019, a report was published that gave an account of the contamination around the cathedral.

The figures would have been minimized by the Parisian mayor’s office, an entity that found high levels of lead in daycare centers near the scene of the accident.

The amounts of oxygen, according to the portal, were “ten times the alert threshold”.

This high concentration caused a lawsuit due to lack of security that led to the stoppage of works on July 25. The reconstruction was later resumed on August 12”Wrote the web.

Later, on March 17, 2020, the work would be paralyzed again, this time due to the coronavirus. The works would be resumed, momentarily, on April 27.

Later, an order came from the prefecture regulating the “number of peopleThat they could work in Our Lady, for a matter of job security.

Notre Dame’s central water collapsed during the fire. (Photo: Getty)


Deutsche Welle recalls that today, two years after the tragedy, it is unknown what caused the fire. But what has caused more controversy is that, to restore the shine to “tower and roof structure”From the cathedral, many will need to be cut down robles, about one thousand.

I never would have thought the government would go for this hellish duo of wood and lead, which made fire and lead pollution possible.”Jacky Bonnemains, chairman of the Robin des Bois environmental protection group, told DW.

It and the 833 million euros that have been collected (and that for some it will not be enough) resonate in a context of death by COVID-19.

Even with those back problems, it seems that “reconstruction finally begins to be glimpsed as the first phase of consolidation ends”.

“[Esta tenía] the objective of which is to remove the scaffolding burned from the spire and that threatened to collapse the building, the evacuation of the great organ, the restoration tests in the chapels and the cleaning of the vaults”, Notes the EFE agency.

During the second part of 2021, the stage of restoration and selection of the oaks with which the “transept frame and spire”.

So far, it is known that some parts of Our Lady They will be rebuilt, while others will be recovered. This is how the company in charge explains it:

It will not be a simple facsimile of the missing work. Faithful to the medieval design, it will restore the pertinent repairs in the structural or patrimonial plane”.

Travis M. Andrews
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.