Here is the current condition of Notre Dame from a news report on French television yesterday. A giant crane will be installed starting next week to work on (carefully) pulling off the melted scaffolding.
Thanks for that English version, my French is not good enough to be able to follow the original.
And what a mess, that melted scaffolding is going to be an absolute nightmare to clear away. The falsework in the attempt to save the flying buttresses is a tour de force, but it will still be a very difficult job to restore them. As for sorting out the stonework stored outside, an almost impossible task. I agree with the commentator that M Macron's 5 year target looks impossible, add a zero is perhaps more realistic, although a bit pessimistic.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
I agree with the commentator that M Macron's 5 year target looks impossible,
I believe that the target is for the cathedral to be open to the public in 5 years, not for the restoration to be completed. I'm sure that plenty of areas will still be closed off. Meanwhile, they are hoping to reopen part of the plaza in front of Notre Dame by spring.
Interesting idea. I’m wondering where they’ll store all the equipment and catalogued building materials since the whole plaza is completely filled with these items. Also, what would really be the point of opening part of the plaza?
Here is a little parallel event to the work being done on Ile de la Cité. The Compagnons du Devoir is the most admired apprenticeship association in France and dates from the Middle Ages. It accepts young people starting at age 15 to learn a variety of trades under the supervision of certified compagnons who have accomplished all of the arduous tasks required to be certified. One of the most important stages of the apprenticeship is to do a Tour de France (nothing to do with the bicycle race) and work with artisans all over the country to learn variations of methods and different materials. Of course, now the "tour de France" can take place anywhere in the world, and another reason for it is to learn to share and socialise with other craftspeople. Being able to work with others is one of the requirements for final certification upon presentation of their chef d'oeuvre (masterpiece). There is an interesting Wikipedia description if you want to know more about all of this.
Anyway, some of the local students of the Compagnons du Devoir built a 3/4 scale model of a section of the wooden roof frame of Notre Dame. It was displayed along the Canal de l'Ourcq in Pantin for a few days, so I went to see it.
If it were up to me, I'd say to use modern materials for the restoration -- stuff that doesn't burn -- and have models on display showing things like this roof structure in miniature. I've only ever poked my nose into Notre Dame, but it seems that all old cathedrals have display areas along with the actual church sections.