On Monday, the operation to remove the scaffolding that had also been damaged by the conflagration after the devastating fire in 2019 ended on the world-famous Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. The removal of the remains, half of them at a height of more than 40 meters, was seen as one of the most dangerous stages of the recovery operation.
In June, workmen began removing the 200,000 kilograms of scaffolding that had already been built around the building before the April 2019 fire for a planned renovation. Many of the pipes fused together by the fire.
The scaffolding was placed around the ridge of Notre-Dame to restore the roof. Fire used in this renovation led to the disastrous fire that destroyed part of the medieval building. Much of the tens of thousands of pipes melted and became bent by the heat.
The removal of the scaffolding would initially start in mid-March. But this was not possible due to the corona crisis. In June it was safe enough to get back to work and dismantle the twisted steel around the top of the church.
The delicate work is performed by two teams of five people. They wear harnesses and loosen the metal pipes hanging on ropes. It concerns a total of 40,000 tubes.
The scaffolding had to be removed without further damaging the historic place of worship in the heart of Paris after the fire. The melted scaffolding clog itself also posed a threat to the church building. The damaged roof is now protected with a temporary construction.
Notre-Dame gets the same design after renovation
A significant portion of the cathedral was lost on April 15, 2019 in a violent fire that broke out during restoration work and quickly spread through the structure from the nave. The roof and central spire of Notre-Dame collapsed as a result of the fire. The rest of the cathedral – one of the most important symbols of France – could be saved.
Notre-Dame in Paris will be given the same design as before last year’s devastating fire, the architects overseeing the restoration announced in July. French President Emmanuel Macron said earlier that he liked a modern design for the cathedral.
A national commission on heritage and architecture approved plans for restoration to the “last complete and known state, including the spire,” said a statement. The most recent spire was from the nineteenth century.
The restoration of Notre-Dame must be completed during the 2024 Paris Olympics.