US News Notre-Dame de Paris: resumption of work is being prepared remotely

15:50  05 april  2020
15:50  05 april  2020 Source:   lejdd.fr

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Notre - Dame de Paris , referred to simply as Notre - Dame , is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris .

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Un an après le terrible incendie de Notre-Dame de Paris, les équipes préparent, à distance, la reprise des travaux © Sipa

A year after the terrible fire in Notre-Dame de Paris, the teams are preparing, remotely, the resumption of work

A long-term sleep not determined. But the revival is already preparing for the day when everything will start again. The colossal consolidation site of Notre-Dame de Paris was halted on March 16 due to the health crisis linked to the epidemic of Covid-19. A decision by General Jean-Louis Georgelin, president of the public institution responsible for the conservation and restoration of the famous cathedral.

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Since the terrible fire of April 15, 2019, which destroyed the spire, the oak frame and the roof, the hundred workers, companions, architects, archaeologists mobilized have not unemployed, despite a first interruption of work last summer. From July to the end of August, everything had to be stopped and a lead protection device put in place. Now is another unexpected break in "this site [which] was not very lucky", according to a scientist who operated on the site.

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The rope access technicians had to start on March 23 to saw, end by end, the scaffolding whose 500,000 tubes were welded by the heat of the flames. In the meantime, a steel belt maintains everything and sensors record the slightest oscillation.

Four empty tents

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Notre - Dame de Paris , cathedral church in Paris . The most famous of the Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages, it is distinguished for its size, antiquity, and architectural Notre - Dame Cathedral consists of a choir and apse, a short transept, and a nave flanked by double aisles and square chapels.

On the forecourt, the four large canvas barns are deserted. These tents contain all the vestiges collected over the months of construction, then sorted by archaeologists. One of the barnums gathers the stones that could be reused by the team of Philippe Villeneuve, the chief architect of historic monuments.

In the other three, "there is everything else, the fallen wood, nearly 3,000 pieces ranging from 10 centimeters in length to 7 meters, 550 pallets each loaded with ten blocks of stone, and around fifty pallets carrying metal elements, nails or clock elements ", details Dorothée Chaoui-Derieux, chief heritage curator at the regional archeology service of Drac Île-de-France. The rope access technicians also had to recover the vestiges which had fallen on the vaults of the choir and the nave. "We are going to work on the photographs to identify the pieces to bring back when they can intervene," explains Dorothée Chaoui-Derieux.

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A fire engulfed the upper reaches of the Cathedral of Notre - Dame in Paris on Monday.Credit Julien De Rosa/EPA, via Shutterstock.

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Scientists from the Research Laboratory for Historic Monuments (LRMH) must also work remotely. "The remains of burnt beams can provide a great deal of information to researchers, particularly in paleoclimatology", describes Aline Magnien, director of the LRMH. His laboratory has conducted tests to clean up the lead film. When the site reopens, large-scale tests will be carried out.

Philippe Villeneuve, assisted by two other architects of historic monuments, is continuing the studies which will establish a diagnosis, followed by recommendations for restoration. Optimism remains in order. General Georgelin has already announced that a Te Deum will be performed on April 16, 2024 in the cathedral. He is just ready to concede that, despite the delays, this celebration will take place "perhaps not at 11 am, but at 11:30 am".

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