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It's a 'Beautiful' Moment for Parisians

Notre Dame's reconstructed spire unveiled

(Newser) - Notre Dame is starting to look a bit more like it did before it was ravaged by fire in April 2019 . Though the medieval building's exoskeleton remains, scaffolding around its peak came down this week, revealing the new spire, which is "identical in appearance, materials (oak framework covered...

Restaurant That Inspired Ratatouille Reopens in Paris

Tour d'Argent is back in business, overlooking a Notre Dame Cathedral also undergoing renovations

(Newser) - The Tour d'Argent already boasts a 320,000-bottle wine cellar, a world-famous duck recipe, and a storied 441-year history. Now, the legendary Paris restaurant is about to serve up its "plat de resistance": a front-row view of two of the biggest events of 2024—the renaissance of Notre...

Notre Dame Restores Symbol
Notre Dame Restores Symbol

Notre Dame Restores Symbol

France installs systems to prevent fires in cathedral

(Newser) - Notre Dame Cathedral got its rooster back Saturday in a pivotal moment for the Paris landmark's restoration. The installation by a crane of a new golden rooster, reimagined as a dramatic phoenix with licking, flamed feathers, goes beyond being just a weathervane atop the cathedral spire, the AP reports....

Medieval 'Riches' Found Under Notre Dame's Floor
'Riches' Found Inches Below
Notre Dame's Floor Slabs
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'Riches' Found Inches Below Notre Dame's Floor Slabs

Sarcophagus, fragments of original rood screen are 'extraordinary'

(Newser) - There's an upside to rebuilding after a fire , as archaeologists at France's Notre Dame cathedral have discovered. In preparation for the monument's new spire, to replace the one burned in 2019, workers will build 100-foot-high scaffolding. But before they do, officials asked archeologists to perform a "...

Notre Dame Is Going to Need Some Very Old Trees

It's to be rebuilt exactly as it was after 2019 fire

(Newser) - France is in need of some very old trees. Between 150 and 200 years old, to be exact. But it's for a good cause: The country is rebuilding the spire of the 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral, destroyed in a fire in 2019, exactly as it was built when it...

In Paris, a 'Highly Symbolic' Concert in Hard Hats

Choir sings at Notre Dame Cathedral amid massive renovation

(Newser) - Wearing hard hats and protective suits, members of the choir of Notre Dame Cathedral sang inside the medieval Paris landmark for the first time since last year’s devastating fire for a special Christmas Eve concert, per the AP . Accompanied by an acclaimed cellist and a rented organ, the singers...

France Goes Old-School on Notre Dame Design

Roof, famous spire to be reconstructed to look the same as before massive fire

(Newser) - Since a fire destroyed much of the roof of Paris' Notre Dame cathedral last April, architects have proposed new designs including a rooftop pool and a giant park. But if you're one for tradition, you'll be happy to know those options have been ruled out. French President Emmanuel...

Notre Dame Rector: 50% Chance It Can Be Saved

'The building is still very fragile,' in danger of scaffolding collapsing onto vaults

(Newser) - The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral says the Paris landmark is still so fragile that there's a “50% chance” it might not be saved, because scaffolding installed before the April fire is threatening the Gothic monument's vaults. Monsignor Patrick Chauvet said restoration work isn't likely to...

A Disappointing 200-Year First for Notre Dame

There will be no Christmas services this year

(Newser) - The Nazis didn't keep Notre Dame Cathedral from celebrating Christmas Mass. Fire will. CNN reports the blaze that ravaged the Paris cathedral in April will prevent it from holding Christmas services, marking the first time that's happened in two centuries. Cathedral rector Patrick Chauvet tells the AP he...

Notre Dame Celebrates a Small, Cautious Milestone

Cathedral holds first Mass since devastating fire, this time with hard hats

(Newser) - The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire. Exactly two months after the...

Notre Dame Bees Are Survivors
Notre Dame Bees Are Survivors

Notre Dame Bees Are Survivors

Beekeeper rejoices at activity around the hives

(Newser) - There was comfort to take in the horrific Notre Dame fire. No one was killed, and precious artworks survived. Now it turns out that thousands of small occupants did, as well: bees whose home is on the cathedral's roof. They've since been spotted buzzing in and out of...

Suspicion Turns to 'Computer Glitch' in Notre Dame Fire

But full answer may be 2 to 3 months away

(Newser) - Architects and construction workers have stabilized the structure of Notre Dame, four days after fire ravaged the iconic Paris cathedral, and firefighters will leave the site Friday night, a fire brigade spokesman said. "There is no more risk the edifice's walls could fall down," Lt. Col. Gabriel...

Backlash Begins Over Notre Dame Donations

Critics cite white privilege, and a billionaire donor responds

(Newser) - The $1 billion raised to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral is now receiving a dose of controversy. The Washington Post is among several outlets reporting that criticism is mounting in regard to income inequality about the large donations that came from billionaires like Francois-Henri Pinault and Bernard Arnault. While most want...

Short-Circuit Probably Caused Catastrophic Fire, Official Says

Macron, Paris honor firefighters

(Newser) - Investigators say an electrical short-circuit was the most likely cause of the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a Paris police official said Thursday, as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark Monday. A judicial police official told The Associated Press that investigators have made...

Plan to Save Notre Dame Relics 'Worked Perfectly'

Paris to hold ceremony to honor firefighters

(Newser) - Insurance adjuster Michael Honore has been tasked with assessing fire damage to Notre Dame's treasures—and his workload would be a lot bigger if the evacuation plan had failed. Honore, the director of fine art at Sedgwick, tells Reuters that around 90% of the cathedral's treasures were saved...

A Chance of a Lifetime for Architects After Notre Dame Fire

France seeks designs for new spire

(Newser) - The world watched, horrified, as Notre Dame’s spire toppled in the flames Monday. Two days later, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is already envisioning a new one, "adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era," per the BBC . All that remains of the spire erected...

Notre Dame Was Saved in Crucial 15- to 30-Minute Window
Notre Dame Was Saved in
Vital 15- to 30-Minute Window

Notre Dame Was Saved in Vital 15- to 30-Minute Window

France praises 'courage, determination' of firefighters

(Newser) - Notre Dame cathedral came within minutes of destruction but it is still standing today thanks to the heroic efforts of firefighters, authorities say. Laurent Nunez, France's deputy interior minister, said Tuesday that firefighters risked their lives to save the 850-year-old cathedral during a crucial 15- to 30-minute window of...

Guess Which Novel Is Suddenly No. 1 in France

'Hunchback of Notre Dame' by Victor Hugo climbs the Amazon charts there

(Newser) - The fire at Notre Dame cathedral has led to a surge in popularity of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel centered there. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, known as as Notre-Dame de Paris in French, now sits atop the Amazon best-seller list in France, reports HuffPost . In fact, two different editions...

Macron Promises to Rebuild Notre Dame Within 5 Years

President challenges France to make cathedral even more beautiful

(Newser) - France will rebuild Notre Dame "even more beautifully," President Emmanuel Macron told the nation Tuesday in a televised address. "And I want it to be completed in five years." One day after fire ravaged the cathedral, Reuters reports that Macron laid out the challenge ahead: "...

YouTube Suffers Big Fail on Notre Dame Fire

Fact-checking tool links it to 9/11 attacks

(Newser) - A new YouTube tool designed to curb crazy conspiracy theories may have inadvertently done the exact opposite on Monday. The site mistakenly linked the Notre Dame fire to the 9/11 attacks, reports BuzzFeed . The problem went like so: Various news outlets began putting live video feeds of the fire onto...

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