The President of France, Emmanuel Macron has assured that Notre-Dame cathedral shall be reconstructed “even more beautifully”. He further said that he wanted the task completed within the next five years.
On Monday, a massive fire ravaged the eight hundred and fifty-year-old Cathedral and destroyed most of its roof which caused its steeple to collapse.
The officials have reported that the Notre-Dame was only a few minutes away from complete destruction.
But despite the pledge of the President, experts have said that the reconstruction of Notre-Dame might take decades.
Fifty people shall be investigating the reason for the fire. Rémy Heitz, the public prosecutor of Paris has said that there wasn’t any apparent indication of arson and the blaze, therefore, was going to be considered an accident.
In order to rebuild the Notre-Dame, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, around €800m, have already been promised by several companies and some business tycoons.
Addressing the public on television on Tuesday, President Macron said that he wanted the cathedral to be reconstructed by the time they host the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
“We’ll rebuild Notre-Dame even more beautifully and I want it to be completed in five years, we can do it,” Macron said. The President has already promised to launch an international scheme for fundraising to rebuild the Gothic building.
“It’s up to us to convert this disaster into an opportunity to come together… It’s up to us to find the thread of our national project.”
However, the in charge of the foundation that rebuilt the one-thousand-year-old Strasbourg Cathedral, Eric Fischer told the AFP that the restoration of Notre-Dame could take “decades”.
However, the in charge of the group of the companies responsible for Restoration of Historic Monuments, Frédéric Létoffé, has said that the renovation could take almost 10-15 years. He further said that substantial work would also be needed for securing the site prior to any r