The last stage of dismantling the scaffolding installed around the Notre-Dame Cathedral before the fire in April 2019 and severely damaged by the fire began on Monday.
According to the portal France Info, “this is an important stage of work in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris.” “The last phase of the dismantling of the scaffolding of the victims was able to start on Monday… This structure, which was melted during the fire, has been a real puzzle since the beginning of the work,” the newspaper notes.
Installed for restoration work, these scaffolds consist of 40 thousand parts with a total weight of 200 tons. The structure did not collapse during the fire but was severely damaged. To prevent destruction and to carry out dismantling, specialists previously installed a second forest around it.
Two teams of five industrial climbers will take part in the new stage of work at the Cathedral. The work is expected to last all summer. According to the rector of the Cathedral, Patrick Chauvet, who leads the portal, only after the analysis of the metal structure will it be possible to say for sure that the Cathedral is saved.
The most massive fire in the history of Notre-Dame Cathedral occurred on April 15, 2019. The spire of the Cathedral collapsed, and the supporting structure was engulfed in flames. According to firefighters, the structure of Notre Dame and the principal works of art stored in the Cathedral of the relic survived. The Paris Prosecutor’s office rules out a criminal version of the fire. UN-extinguished cigarette or electrical problems are considered as possible causes of the fire.
French President Emmanuel Macron has announced an ambitious goal to restore Notre Dame in five years, although many experts say that the reconstruction will take 10-15 years.