On April 15, 2019, the world watched in horror as Notre-Dame Cathedral burned. Almost as quickly as the fire was extinguished, there was a huge international outpouring of support and pledges to rebuild Notre-Dame.
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.
Safety works included:
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.
The walls of the nave, choir and two transepts suffered severe water damage and were no longer structurally sound.
The north tower belfry is partially burnt, but fortunately the bells are still in place.
Notre-Dame Cathedral’s famous organ was saved, but remains in critical condition due to water damage and lead that melted from the roof during the blaze.
Help restore Notre-Dame – this jewel of Gothic architecture – to her original splendor.
Following the rebuilding phase, restoration works will address critical issues that existed before the 2019 fire. Once the reconstruction and restoration works are finished, Notre-Dame Cathedral will need our protection to ensure that she remains beautiful, safe and open to the public for generations of visitors to experience and enjoy.