French prime minister announces competition to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral's spire

17 April, 2019, 22:15 | Author: Myra Gill
  • New Photos Of The Cathedral Of Notre Dame Reveal The Extent Of The Paris Landmark’s Damage

The in-game depiction is, in fact, so accurate that the game could help scholars rebuild parts of the structure damaged by the fire. Tycoons, worldwide firms, local authorities and individuals have promised financial and expert help - with a total of almost 900 million euros pledged by Wednesday.

"Or if, as is often the case in the evolution of heritage, we should endow Notre-Dame with a new spire".

Paris public prosecutor Remy Heitz said there was no obvious indication the fire was arson.

Just a day after the fire, more than 750-million euros (US$845 million) had been pledged, including 500 million from the three billionaire families that own France's giant luxury goods empires: Kering, LVMH and L'Oreal.

The cathedral was built over almost 200 years starting in the middle of the 12th century, although it was only in the mid 1800s that architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc added the lead-covered spire during restoration work.

Mr Frederic Letoffe, co-president of a group of French companies that specialise in work on older buildings and monuments, said Notre-Dame had fire detectors that functioned continuously, and was equipped with dry risers - empty pipes that firefighters can externally connect to a pressurised water source. "Should we rebuild the spire envisaged and built by Viollet-le-Duc under the same conditions ..."

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced an global architects' competition to rebuild the spire.


He also expressed concern for the stability of the cathedral and its central rose window.

One early iteration of such robots is the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot, (SAFFiR) - a humanoid style robot developed by the U.S. Navy which which employs algorithms to fight fires and help keep service members out of harms way. "I made some other stuff in the game, but 80 percent of my time was spent on the Notre Dame", she said.

The shell of the Notre Dame following the fire.

Some 30 people have already been questioned in the investigation, which the Paris prosecutor warned would be "long and complex". Among those questioned are workers at the five construction companies involved in work renovating the church spire and roof that had been underway when the fire broke out.

Concerns over the cathedral's structural soundness have prevented investigators from entering Notre-Dame's main nave to assess damage at ground level.

Bells at all of the churches and cathedrals across France will ring out in unison on Wednesday evening in honor of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Despite the damage, much was saved from Monday's inferno after a plan to safeguard the masterpieces and relics was quickly put into action.

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