French President Macron has pledged to rebuild Paris' fire-ravaged cathedral within five years. Brent Goff asks Wolfgang Zehetner, chief restoration architect for Vienna cathedral, whether the iconic landmark can be restored in that time.
Following the fire that damaged Notre Dame cathedral in Paris in 2019, reconstruction is a major challenge, Barbara Schock-Werner, architect and former master builder at Cologne Cathedral, told DW.
Christmas Mass at Notre Dame cathedral is canceled for the first time in centuries, due to damage from a devastating fire earlier this year. The Archdiocese of Paris has offered worshipers an alternative.
Restoration work on Paris' iconic cathedral has yet to begin six months since the fire, but some good has come of it. Now more people are taking an interest in learning the skilled trades needed to rebuild Notre Dame.
President Emmanuel Macron succeeded in obtaining a blueprint for Notre Dame's restoration, which could pave the way for his controversial plan to replace the spire with a "modern" design.
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