Notre Dame now has a date for reopening after a four-year fire

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Notre Dame now has a date for reopening after a four-year fire

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris recovered its cross, placed at the top of its spire on Wednesday, AFP reporters observed from around the temple, which was destroyed by fire in 2019.

A crane was responsible for lifting the cross and placing it on top of the spire after 3:00 pm (2:00 pm GMT).

Its installation took place two days before President Emmanuel Macron visited the cathedral, just one year before the reopening for worship, scheduled for December 8, 2024.

The spire, similar to the previous one, designed by the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century and destroyed by fire, has been visible through scaffolding since the end of November.

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According to the French presidency, the spire “was assembled (…) based on the designs of Viollet-Le-Duc. It is an extremely expert assembly of wood, covered with a layer of lead and topped, at the top, by a crown, a rooster and a cross, 96 meters high.

This Wednesday the chicken is still not seen on the cross. “It has not yet been returned” to its place, explained the Palace of the Elysée, specifying that it will be “blessed” according to the Catholic tradition “in the coming days, in a ceremony” that will take place outside the visit of the head of Status for next Friday.

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“This is a new chicken,” reported the source, who explained that the old one, which could be removed after the fire, “will be revealed” in the future museum.

Last week, Philippe Jost, who is responsible for the reconstruction of the Gothic cathedral, built between the 12th and 14th centuries, said that when the spire reaches 96 meters, it “will be covered by lead.”