France Launches Competition To Design Spire For Notre-Dame Cathedral

France Launches Competition To Design Spire For Notre-Dame Cathedral

April 21, 2019


France Launches Competition To Design Spire For Notre-Dame Cathedral. ♦ France is planning an architectural competition to design a replacement spire for Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. The old spire has collapsed during a fire in April. If you’re a design lover, this is a competition that will appeal to you, for sure. CovetED brings you all the informations you need to know about the competition that may allow you be the responsible for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame Cathedral.


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French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced a design competition to rebuild the spire for Notre-Dame Cathedral. He said that, instead of simply recreating the original spire, they want a new design for it. Therefore, France will be putting out an international call. “The international competition will decide if we should rebuilt a spire”, Philippe said. Alternatively, the cathedral may have “a new spire, adapted to the techniques and challenges of our time”. Edouard Philippe made these declarations after a government meeting dedicated to the reconstruction of the.

“As it’s very common, in the evolution of heritage, we should endow Notre-Dame with a new spire”, he explained.



The Spire Was Not Part Of  The Original Structure

The spire collapsed in front of crowds, who had gathered to watch in horror the French gothic cathedral in flames. Images of the moment it toppled into the flames invaded social media and newspaper front pages. However, what many may not know is that this spire was not an original part of the cathedral. In the 13th century, the French built the first spire. It was part of the roof between the 13th and 18th centuries. However, wind damages led to his remotion.



Aftfer that, the French architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc added a new spire over the transept as part of his restoration in the 19th century.

Copper statues were not destroyed

Made from oak covered with lead, the spire was 90 metres tall and weighed 750 tonnes. It was decorated with 12 copper statues and topped by a copper rooster holding three relics. The 16 figures remained untouched when the spire fell, as they had been airlifted for restoration just days before the fire. A slightly flattened cockerel has been recovered from the wreckage. Besides that, the cathedral’s main religious relics and works of art have also been brought to safety in the Louvre Museum, where Philippe said they would undergo an in-depth assessment by experts.



President Emmanuel Macron promised Notre-Dame Cathedral, which suffered a huge fire on 14 April, will end up to be “more beautiful than ever”. He also said that the restoration would be done in five years, although experts estimate it could take some decades before the cathedral is restored to its former glory.

Various billionaires and corporations donated over €800 million (£694 million) to help rebuild Notre-Dame. Firefighters have been using drones to survey the cathedral and are making assessments of the damage. Investigators interviewed workers to find out if the restoration works that were in progress at the time of the fire are related the cause of the blaze.



As firefighters continued to monitor potential hot spots in Notre-Dame, Paris Catholics resumed their Holy Week celebrations with only four days to go until Easter. Crowds gathered in the early evening at the church of Saint Sulpice on the Left Bank, where Archbishop Michel Aupetit celebrated a mass that moved from the cathedral.


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