French President Macron paid a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, partly destroyed by fire precisely two years ago.
Large-scale repairs are underway scheduled to allow for another divine service to take place in precisely three years. However, the work does not seem to be fully completed by then.
Macron got into a builders’ elevator and watched the restoration work from a platform at the height of 47 meters. He thanked the people working on the restoration, and once again those fighting the fire and the 330,000 donors who raised money to rebuild the Roman Catholic monument on an island in the River Seine.
More than 830 million euros have been collected to restore the wooden roof and spire in particular.
Construction of the world-famous church started in 1163. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the church had been looted and so worn that the municipality wanted to demolish the building. In the end, that did not happen.
One of the leading activists to prevent this was the writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885), who in 1831 wrote an eventual bestseller to save the historic building, the Hunchback of Notre Dame.