France Is Holding A Design Competition To Build A New Spire For The Notre-Dame Cathedral

France Is Holding A Design Competition To Build A New Spire For The Notre-Dame Cathedral
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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.




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.








Let's stick to what we know.







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.




The jokesters couldn't resist presenting their proposals.



Do they really want to tempt fate again with the same materials?



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.

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