This Monday, in Paris, work began on cleaning and restoring the large organ of the Notre-Dame Cathedral (Notre-Dame de Paris), which was damaged by a fire more than a year ago, reports radio station.
“Escaped the fire, but wetted with water and covered with lead dust, the tool will be completely disassembled and then cleaned. The work is expected to be completed in April 2024,” the report says.
It is noted that the organ has been “the voice of the Cathedral since 1733.” It consists of approximately eight thousand pipes divided into 115 registers.
The largest fire in the history of Notre-Dame Cathedral occurred on April 15, 2019. Then the spire of the Cathedral collapsed, the supporting structure was engulfed in flames. But, according to firefighters, the structure of Notre Dame and the main works of art stored in the Cathedral of the relic, survived.
The Paris Prosecutor’s office rules out a criminal version of the fire. Possible causes of the fire are considered to be an UN-extinguished cigarette or problems with electricity.
French President Emmanuel Macron said that he plans to restore Notre Dame in five years, although many experts say that the reconstruction can take from ten to 15 years.