The reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris – severely damaged by fire in April 2019 – will reopen to visitors at the end of 2024.
Authorities have chosen to faithfully restore the 12th century building, recreating the 93m-high spire added in the 19th century.
“The return of the spire in the Paris sky will, in my opinion, be the symbol that we are winning the battle of Notre Dame,” said the army general in charge of the colossal project, Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin.
In the meantime, an exhibition called “Notre-Dame de Paris: at the heart of the construction site” is to open to visitors on Tuesday in an underground facility in front of the cathedral.
Accessible for free, it highlights ongoing operations on the site and the expertise and skills of workers. It also features some remains from the fire and works of art from the cathedral.