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Notre Dame Cathedral to Be Restored Exactly the Way It Was Before

Despite previous calls to modernize the Notre Dame Cathedral, there will be no contemporary touch to its restoration.

Despite previous calls from French President Emmanuel Macron to come up with proposals, there will be no contemporary touch to the restoration of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

This is according to a report by the Washington Post, which says that the French government will be restoring the Notre Dame Cathedral to its exact state before the April 2019 fire has razed its roof and spire.

“The President of the Republic became convinced of the need to restore Notre-Dame de Paris as closely as possible to its last complete state, coherent and well-known while betting on sustainable development in the choice of materials and site management,” read a statement from the Élysée Palace—the seat of the French presidency.

A view of debris inside Notre-Dame Cathedral, in Paris, France, April 16, 2019. (Photo from Christophe Petit Tesson / Pool
Christophe Petit Tesson / Pool / Reuters / CNBC)

It can be remembered that after the fire destroyed most of the cathedral’s roof—including its iconic 19th-century by Eugene Viollet-le-Duc—President Macron invited architects to submit proposals for a contemporary touch to the cathedral. It was a move that has raised numerous debates and concerns from the general public. (Read: What makes the Cathedral of Notre Dame iconic?)

Intense debate

The original Notre-Dame de Paris before the fire. (Photo from Sacratomato_hr / Wikipedia)

Following the two-month-long COVID-19 lockdown in France, the government has decided to abandon the plans for contemporary restoration to the Notre Dame Cathedral. This is to avoid further delays in the process as well as to put an end to public debates over whether the cathedral should be restored to its original state or should reflect modern sensibilities. (Read: The 10 Oldest Churches In The Philippines)

Meanwhile, to appease the advocates of modernizing the cathedral, the government has committed to redeveloping its surroundings. They also assured everyone that the restoration will be complete in time for the 2024 Olympics. 

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