Mayor Hidalgo and president Macron visited the Notre-Dame reconstruction site

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, French President Emmanuel Macron and French Army General Jean-Louis Georgelin have together visited the reconstruction site of the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, which was damaged in a devastating fire two years ago.

The restauration keeps on going, and president Macron said to the workers: “Everyone remembers where they were two years ago, the emotion of all Catholics, of all Parisians and all French people. We’re all impressed with what we see, with the work that has been achieved in two years. Bravo and thank you.”

The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, should be restored and reopened to worshippers by 2024.

The first phase of the salvage operation was complicated by the need to cut up a 200-tonne mass of twisted metal left after the fire consumed scaffolding that had been erected around the wood-and-lead spire at the time of the blaze. Work was also temporarily halted because of worries over lead contamination and slowed at times by the coronavirus pandemic, reports Voanews.

Jeremie Patrier-Leitus, a spokesman for the public body overseeing the restoration, said that the cathedral will only be declared out of danger once the phase to secure the site is complete, but all the indications were positive.

The cathedral will be restored to its original design, including the 96-meter spire designed by architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc and added in the mid-1800s. Photo credit news18.com7662