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Notre Dame Cathedral Restoration
As work continues to rebuild the fire-damaged Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, life goes on for locals and tourists.
The may have been devasted by fire on April 15, 2019, but it looks surprisingly intact--at least from outside and at ground level. (The roof, which burned and rained molten lead into the building's interior, is another story.)
In late September, 2019, we took a series of photos to show the cathedral's current status. They're published below, along with links to articles about the restoration process.
While Notre Dame is being rebuilt, you can still enjoy cathedral visits in central France.
For example, the Basilica Cathédrale de Saint-Denis--shown in the inset photo--is easy to reach by Paris Métro Line 13. (It's the burial place of French monarchs.)
BELOW: Life goes on in the square in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, although tents and construction barriers keep prospective worshippers and tourists away from the church.
BELOW: Tourist boats and the Batobus water bus continue to ply the Seine alongside the damaged cathedral.
BELOW: From the Left Bank and the Pont de la Tournelle, you can see scaffolding and wooden supports along the cathedral's outer walls.
BELOW: It's a testament to the skills of the Sapeurs-Pompiers de Paris, a.k.a. the Paris Fire Department, that none of the adjacent buildings (some of which are quite close to the Cathedral) were singed or destroyed.
BELOW: On the north side f the cathedral, a hydraulic crane lifts materials and supplies to workers on the scaffolding.
BELOW: The restoration process hasn't kept tourists and refreshment vendors away.
BELOW: This stone drainspout was unscathed by the fire.
Related Web links
Inside Notre Dame: a blow-by-blow account of the restoration process
Notre-Dame Cathedral "not yet totally saved" six months after devastating fire
Notre Dame's cathedral fire could ease France's shortage of artisans
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