French president, Emmanuel Macron, called for the restoration of Notre Dame cathedral after the main frame managed to avoid complete destruction.
On Tuesday night, Macron said that the symbol of France's history and culture will be rebuilt within a five-year timeline and promised it will be "more beautiful than before."
An architectural contest for competitors to submit designs for a spire to replace the one that fell during the accidental blaze on Monday has been announced to set the restoration plans in motion.
BREAKING: France announces an international architects' competition to rebuild the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral. https://t.co/QzKw30c0Cg— The Associated Press (@The Associated Press)1555499144.0
France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe asked the international architects' competition to rebuild a new spire. But, whether it will reflect a modern time or be an homage to the original will be up for debate.
"The international competition will allow us to ask the question of whether we should even recreate the spire as it was conceived by Viollet-le-Duc."
"Or if, as is often the case in the evolution of heritage, we should endow Notre-Dame with a new spire."
Bishop Patrick Chauvet told The Guardian that Notre Dame will remain closed to the public for five to six years, as "a segment has been very weakened."
Imaginations are running wild with proposed concepts.
@AP new look, seen it somewhere on the net https://t.co/BivP9gtVX4— AsslanKhalil (@AsslanKhalil)1555501185.0
@KhalilAsslan @AP Honestly wouldn’t be surprised if something like this is built.— Rachel (@Rachel)1555504293.0
@nypost it better not be some modern piece of crap! This building is almost 1000 years old! It needs to be grand and beautiful!— lovetrumpshate (@lovetrumpshate)1555517958.0
@nypost REDESIGN??? So we weren't happy with it in the first place and good riddance?— LiterallyNoOneEver (@LiterallyNoOneEver)1555514128.0
Let's stick to what we know.
@AP I am an architect and have a rendering completed for my design submission. Boy, I hope it wins. https://t.co/uIMRT0rZC9— MaineMan (@MaineMan)1555502707.0
@washingtonpost Rebuild as it was earlier !! What's the point in design contest ? Replicate the old one as it was.— Sunny Samuel Mittra 🇮🇳 (@Sunny Samuel Mittra 🇮🇳)1555523488.0
@AP Can’t they just re-create the spire that was there before? Why change the design? Maybe use a lightweight non-f… https://t.co/E3rfdHDktD— Izzy Pupper (@Izzy Pupper)1555503140.0
@Redskins283321 @AP They don't have the blueprints— 🇹🇷 Muse 🇹🇷 (@🇹🇷 Muse 🇹🇷)1555508002.0
@mitridatesvi @manardesazevedo @AP I agree. Just with better more modern materials. They could even keep the origin… https://t.co/FJBZDJlmj4— S Smith (@S Smith)1555501805.0
The conical structure that collapsed was not original to the medieval cathedral built during the 13th century.
The fallen spire made of wood and lead was a taller, more ornate structure than its predecessor and was added to Notre Dame during the 19th century renovation.
Parisians are hoping to avoid a repeat modernization make-over like the controversial glass pyramid structure housing the entrance to the Louvre museum.
@AP https://t.co/PS6vHKaDAY— Hatsandwhitegloves (@Hatsandwhitegloves)1555505473.0
@AP Ai ! :) #Notre_dame_de_Paris #NotreDameFire #intouchwithtime https://t.co/9dVEaTlsDb— Hendrik-Jan Derksen (@Hendrik-Jan Derksen)1555512139.0
The jokesters couldn't resist presenting their proposals.
@AP I'm sure the winner will be incredibly tasteful. https://t.co/LhPMs4gOcN— Rabi Abonour (@Rabi Abonour)1555530826.0
@AP I humbly submit my plan ‘Mmm, Yummy Ice Cream’. A fun, modern, and optimistic proposal of enormous height. https://t.co/quczz8rLzD— Ross Foley (@Ross Foley)1555511873.0
Do they really want to tempt fate again with the same materials?
@AP But we do let’s offer them some Redwood. They are big enough, and naturally🔥resistant. “A French cultural herit… https://t.co/BoAlDsPYZd— Sir Aaron McCord (@Sir Aaron McCord)1555499583.0
@tweeptwerp @AP Not sure, but Redwood is strong, naturally fire, and pest resistant. Plus it’s beautiful and would… https://t.co/f0Y6GP7tDd— Sir Aaron McCord (@Sir Aaron McCord)1555522115.0
An estimate for restoring the cathedral has not been released, but fundraising efforts brought almost $1 billion in donations.
The good news is, Our Lady of Paris was saved from complete destruction thanks to the brave fire fighters determined not to let her forever disappear into history.