The restoration of the cathedral, which was founded in 1163 by the pope of the period and took 3 centuries to complete, is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.
One of the symbols of Paris and visited by millions of tourists from all over the world, the 860-year-old historical building was damaged in a fire on April 15, 2019, the cause of which is still unknown.
The restoration work of Notre Dame, whose 96-meter tower and roof collapsed in the fire 4 years ago, is still continuing.
846 million euro donation for the cathedral
A record donation of 846 million euros was collected from a total of 340 thousand donors from 150 countries for the restoration work.
The historic building is expected to open to the public again in December 2024.
The number of employees exceeds 1000 when the people working in different workshops throughout the country for the construction or renovation of sections such as the tower, glass and paintings of the cathedral, where approximately 500 people work on the main construction site, are added.
There are many different craftsmen such as stone and glass masters and carpenters among the repairmen of the historical building, to which more than 100 companies contributed during the restoration process.
The new tower will be 100 meters
In the restoration phase of Notre Dame, whose safe construction work continues until the summer of 2021, significant progress has been made in cleaning the historical wall, painted decoration and vaults of the fire-affected building.
Reconstruction of the cathedral’s nave and choir vaults is expected to be completed by the end of the year, due to sensitive work.
The restored version of the tower, which consists of 150 pieces of wood and is 96 meters high, will reach a height of 100 meters. The restored version of the tower will weigh 600 tons and be 100 meters high.
The Notre Dame fire was the subject of the movie
A movie was shot for the fire in the Cathedral, which became the symbol of Paris with the work “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” published by the famous French writer Victor Hugo in 1831.
French director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s film “Notre Dame Is Burning”, about the fire, was released on March 16, 2022.
During the restoration of the historical building, a 700-year-old sarcophagus was found.
Last year, an underground network of brick pipes used for heating in the 19th century was discovered during excavations to rebuild the cathedral’s tower, which was destroyed by fire.
In the middle of this web was a well-preserved lead sarcophagus from the 14th century.