Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most important symbols of Paris, is expected to reopen in 2024.
The security and consolidation work of Notre Dame Cathedral, which was severely damaged by a fire, has come to an end. The French authorities stated that the reconstruction work will begin this winter. Accordingly, the cathedral is planned to be opened to visitors before the Summer Olympics to be held in Paris, the capital of France, in 2024.
General Jean-Louis Jorgeline, who was appointed for the protection and restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral, called for candidacy for those who want to take part in the reconstruction of the cathedral.
If all goes as planned, Notre Dame Cathedral, which will open in 2024, will be closed for five years from 2019.
Care is taken not to spoil the historical texture for the restoration of the cathedral. For this reason, oak trees are needed for the restoration of the cathedral in accordance with historical reality.
The cause of the fire, which broke out on April 15, 2019, is not yet known. But experts think it could be caused by a short circuit or unextinguished cigarettes.
About Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most important examples of French gothic style. The cathedral, whose construction began in 1163, was completed in 1345. It is thought that before Christianity there was a temple dedicated to the sky god Jupiter in the same area.
In 1548, some of the cathedral’s statues were destroyed by a Protestant group, the Huguenots.
After the French Revolution in 1789, some valuable objects inside the cathedral were looted.
During the Napoleonic Wars, which took place in the early 19th century, the destruction of the cathedral due to neglect was discussed. French writer Victor Hugo wrote his famous work “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” to raise awareness on this issue.