The cathedral is scheduled to reopen in December 2024, the deadline set by President Emmanuel Macron immediately after the fire
Notre Dame Cathedral to reopen in December 2024
The cathedral is scheduled to open in December 2024, the deadline set by President Emmanuel Macron immediately after the fire. Unfortunately, he will not be quite ready for the Paris Olympics, scheduled for the summer of 2024.
"My work — open this cathedral in 2024, and we will do it, — says General Georgelin, in charge of the reconstruction project.
Culture Minister Abdul-Malak said that although the cathedral will be open to the public, this “does not mean that all repairs will be completed.” He added that some restoration work will continue in 2025.
Reconstruction of Notre Dame was a difficult task. It began in 2022, after more than two years of work to make the monument stable and safe enough for workers to begin restoration.
The authorities have decided to restore the masterpiece of Gothic art of the 12th century as it is was before. This includes the re-creation of the 96-meter spire from the 19th century, designed by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.
The cathedral's iconic centerpiece, which collapsed in flames, will reappear above the monument this year, symbolizing its revival.
“The return of the spire to the sky of Paris, in my opinion, will be a symbol of the fact that we are winning the battle for Notre Dame”, — says General Georgelin.
Today, around 1,000 people across France work daily to rebuild Notre Dame.