Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, devastated by a fire two years ago, will reopen in 2024, French Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot promised Wednesday, announcing that the public subscription launched for its restoration had raised the funds enough.
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With donations and pledges amounting to 833 million euros, “at the present time, the sums thus collected allow us to calmly consider this site”, declared the Minister in front of the Senate.
“I can tell you that in 2024 the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral will be reopened,” added Roselyne Bachelot.
The minister is due to go to the site on Thursday with President Emmanuel Macron, two years to the day after the fire which partially devastated the cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic art, on April 15, 2019.
The Head of State has requested a reconstruction in five of the cathedral, whose roof and spire were destroyed by flames.
The representative of Mr. Macron for this project, General Jean-Louis Georgelin, also assured that Notre-Dame would reopen in 2024 and that a Te Deum would be celebrated there on April 16 of that year. But not all work will be completed by this date.