On April 15, 2019, the world watched in horror as Notre-Dame Cathedral burned.

The fire destroyed the spire along with the majority of the roof and “the forest”, as the lattice of ancient wooden beams in the attic was known.

Before reconstruction efforts could begin, initial assessments were carried out to examine the extent of the damage.

Then came the Safety Phase, which began in the summer of 2019, to secure the structure of the cathedral and prevent further damage.

On Thursday, July 9, 2020, the chief architects of Historical Monuments presented restoration plans for Notre-Dame Cathedral to the National Commission for Heritage and Architecture (CNPA)

The plans include rebuilding the spire identical to the one designed in the 19th Century by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, as it existed before the fire of April 15, 2019.

This report was also approved by President Emmanuel Macron of France. President Macron’s office said on Thursday that he had “become convinced” that Notre-Dame Cathedral had to be restored in a way that was “as true as possible” to its “complete, coherent and last known state.”

This photo was taken by © Rémi Jouan

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