Published: Thu, April 18, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

France to launch global competition to rebuild Notre Dame spire

France to launch global competition to rebuild Notre Dame spire

He said Victor Hugo's 1831 novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" raised awareness of the long-neglected Gothic cathedral, which led to a major restoration project and construction of the spire that toppled Monday. The Notre-Dame cathedral forms a central location in the game and had been painstakingly recreated by the team behind the game over the course of development.

Some experts have estimated that the reconstruction work could take a decade or more.

His fast timescale for restoration means that the reconstruction of the cathedral will be completed by the time Paris hosts the Olympic Games in 2024.

"We will rebuild the cathedral even more beautifully and I want it to be finished within five years", Macron said.

The blaze broke out at around 1645 GMT on Monday.

He wrote on his Telegram account: "How does an "accidental" fire during restoration works start in two different places at once?" Investigators are yet to confirm a cause, but it is believed to have resulted from ongoing renovations.

"Or whether, as is often the case during the evolution of heritage, we should endow Notre Dame with a new spire that reflects the techniques and challenges of our era". There are however concerns the stones of the ceiling and stained glass windows, which survived the blaze, may still have been badly damaged by it. It was only when a second alarm went off - 23 minutes later - that the fire was detected.

It's worth mentioning the spire lost to the blaze wasn't actually the original.

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The Parisien reported that a glitch in the computerised fire control system sent church staffers to the wrong part of the cathedral to investigate after the first alarm.

The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney has hinted the fire at Notre Dame may have been a deliberate attack on Christians.

"And it looks like some of them are determined to make that clear by burning down our buildings".

And when there is construction, Kidd said, "the building is exposed to all sorts of risky activity". Tycoons, global firms, local authorities and individuals have promised financial and expert help - with a total of almost 900 million euros pledged by Wednesday.

The cathedral also contained a number of invaluable historic artifacts, including a tunic King Louis IX is said to have worn when he brought the crown to Paris as well as a crown of thorns which the church claims was worn by Jesus before his crucifixion.

Firefighters acted bravely and as fast as they could to save the cathedral, said senior fire official Philippe Demay, denying that there was any delay in their response.

"What's extraordinary is that Notre-Dame's roof lasted until 2019", Francois Chatillon, a prominent architect and specialist in historic monuments, told Reuters.

Ubisoft says it would be more than willing to aid with rebuilding efforts.

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