Reconstruction work on Notre-Dame de Paris ceased in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, with the decline of the virus and the gradual reopening of Paris, France and Europe in general, work is slowly starting up again on Notre-Dame Cathedral.

This phase of construction will focus on removing the burnt scaffolding of the spire made of 30,000 tubes weighing 300 tons.

This work should last until September but is subject to change as it is a delicate process.

Restoration will also begin on the Grand Organ and work is planned on the Choir Organ. The pipes of the Grand Organ will be removed and sent for expert restoration.

On May 31, the square in front of Notre-Dame de Paris reopened for the first time in more than a year.

It was closed to the public following the fire on April 15, 2019 because of lead pollution

A replica of the statue of Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as the “Virgin of the Pillar”, was installed in the square on June 12.

During the April 15 fire, this statue representing a Madonna and Child was spared from flames and falling rocks, despite its location at the foot of the southeast pillar of the cathedral transept under the vault which partly collapsed.

June 16 also marked the inauguration of an exhibition of children’s artwork depicting Notre-Dame de Paris.

Archbishop Aupetit launched an appeal to children in France and around the world: “Draw Our Lady: the church you know or the church you imagine”.

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