Notre-Dame de Paris, disassembly of the scaffolding to end "before late September"

Published by Manon C., Rizhlaine F. · Photos by My B. · Published on 3 July 2020 at 13h27 · Updated on 3 July 2020 at 13h49
The huge scaffolding on the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris, badly damaged because of last year’s fire, is being dismantled starting this Monday June 8. The operation is said to end before late September. General Jean-Louis Georgelin confirms Notre-Dame is to reopen by April 2024.

A little bit over a year after the inferno that damaged Notre-Dame-de-Paris, the huge scaffolding on the cathedral, damaged on April 15, 2019 is being dismantled starting this Monday June 8.

Built in 2018 to renovate the cathedral’s spire, the 200-ton scaffolding made of 40,000 pieces is being dismantled because it is warped and has been badly weakened by the fire: “These past few months, the damaged scaffolding has been secured and girted with metal beams on three level to stabilize it and avoid any risk of collapse” the public establishment entrusted with the preservation and the restoration of the cathedral explains in a release.

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The dismantlement of the scaffolding started a year ago but has been adjourned by strikes and then lockdown. It was said to take 3 months. To make sure dismantlement is processed safely, parts of the scaffolding that are damaged are removed one by one, in a precise order; safety nets have been set up at several places of the scaffolding.

Two teams of five steeplejacks work in turns and go down up close to burnt part to cut, with saw swords, the metal tubes that melt into each other. These pieces will be taken away with the crane. By the way, parts of the scaffolding accessible with a basket will be removed by scaffolders.”

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Dates and Opening Time
Starts 8 June 2020

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