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World Paris: The square of Notre-Dame, closed for over a year, reopened this Sunday

16:05  31 may  2020
16:05  31 may  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The square and the rue du Parvis suffered lead pollution, caused by the spectacular fire of the monument, which had resulted the closure of the site

Notre-Dame de Paris, le 27 avril 2020. © Thibault Camus / AP / SIPA Notre-Dame de Paris, April 27, 2020.

Notre-Dame de Paris is also in decline. The cathedral forecourt, which has been closed to the public since the cathedral burnt down more than a year ago, reopens this Sunday, the diocese, Paris city hall and the establishment responsible for the renovation announced.

Due to the fire of April 15, 2019 , the forecourt and rue du Parvis "suffered lead pollution which resulted in an immediate closure of the site," the three institutions said in a statement.

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“ Notre - Dame de Paris is Paris ,” Ms. Berger said. “It’s a reference, it’s kilometer zero. Notre Dame , with its gargoyles, had been one of the most visited tourist sites in all of Europe.Credit News gathering crews and Parisians lined a bridge over the Seine to get a first-hand look at the damaged

Nine years ago, she stood in the nave of Notre Dame , under its vast wooden rib-vaulted ceiling Work at the Paris site has been suspended since March 16, when France introduced widespread Notre Dame and the Pont de la Tournelle bridge are reflected in the Seine river on Easter Sunday

Regular cleaning

After a "favorable opinion" from the Ile-de-France Regional Health Agency on Friday, the Paris police prefect authorized the reopening of the two places, they added, specifying that samples and regular cleaning will be done.

At 3 p.m., Archbishop Michel Aupetit, Archbishop of Paris, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and General Jean-Louis Georgelin, who chairs the Etablissement public de Notre-Dame, will be on hand to mark this reopening, they said. to AFP.

The site intended to secure Notre-Dame burnt down, suspended in mid-March because of coronavirus, must resume very gradually, with always the ambition to revive the cathedral by 2024.

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