April 15, 2021 marks the second anniversary of the devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. The fire engulfed the spire and roof and caused damage to the structure. Fortunately, firefighters were able to control the fire before more damage was done. But while an aggressive effort is underway to make the cathedral accessible again in time for the 2024 Olympics that will be hosted in Paris, it will be years, if not decades, before the restoration process is complete.
As we mourn what was lost two years ago, uplifting stories are emerging as the rebuild continues. We recently learned about the oak trees being felled as part of the reconstruction effort. Planted around the time of the French Revolution, these 230-year-old trees from the Loire region will be used to rebuild the roof and spire. The slender trees have a slight curve that makes them ideal for the spire.
“We know it’s the end of something, but it’s also the beginning,” said Pauline Delord, a 15th-generation forest guardian responsible for protecting and managing the forest.
If you are interested in supporting the campaign to rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral, visit the website for Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris, an organization leading international fundraising efforts to rebuild and restore the cathedral.
Following are a few articles about the current status of the restoration effort.
Architectural Digest: Two Years Later, Here’s the Latest With Notre-Dame’s Restoration
CNN: After centuries in the ground, these French oaks will soon form part of the new spire at Notre Dame
Travel+Leisure: Notre Dame Cathedral’s Reconstruction Could Take up to 20 Years, Rector Says