Notre Dame’s Unveiling Begins

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President Emmanuel Macron had pledged the complete restoration of the UNESCO-listed edifice in time for the Paris Olympics.

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In a significant milestone for the restoration efforts of Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral, the scaffolding encasing its spire has commenced removal, announced the authority overseeing the project on Tuesday.

The restoration authority, Etablissement Public, disclosed to French media that the process of dismantling the scaffolding, which stood at an imposing height of 100 meters, has begun and will extend over the forthcoming months.

This development marks a crucial step towards the complete unveiling of the spire, which is anticipated to be entirely visible by the commencement of the Olympic Summer Games in Paris on July 26th.

Comprising a staggering 600 tonnes and housing approximately 70,000 metal components, the scaffolding posed a formidable challenge to the restoration endeavors following the catastrophic fire in 2019.

The spire itself, cloaked in lead, has sparked debates concerning potential toxicity risks associated with the material.

However, recent progress includes the reinstatement of the cathedral’s great cross in December, alongside the installation of a new golden rooster to replace its predecessor lost in the blaze of April 15th, 2019.

Initially, President Emmanuel Macron had pledged the complete restoration of the UNESCO-listed edifice in time for the Paris Olympics.

However, setbacks in the restoration process have necessitated an extension of the timeline, with the new target set for completion in December of this year.

Despite ongoing investigations into the fire’s cause, authorities maintain that the incident was accidental.

Forecasts indicate a resurgence in annual visitor numbers to Notre Dame, expected to climb to 14 million post-reopening, compared to the pre-disaster figure of 12 million.

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Binayak - based in Kathmandu - is an editor and author writing for eTurboNews.

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