The Notre Dame Cathedral Cross Restored and Reinstalled, Marking Progress in Restoration Efforts

May 26, 2024 by No Comments

Restored atop the apse of , the cross, which survived the devastating 2019 fire, was reinstalled Friday atop the cathedral’s framework, after being meticulously restored by artistic ironworkers from Normandy.

The imposing cross, standing 12 meters tall and weighing 1.5 tons, is the sole element of the choir roof that survived the flames.

Approximately 250 companies and hundreds of craftsmen, architects, and professionals have contributed to the ongoing restoration project, aiming for the on December 8, 2024.

The fire, which occurred on April 15, 2019, caused the collapse of the spire and part of its roof. Five years later, the restoration has made significant progress, including the reinstallation of the spire’s lead-covered needle.

The 2019 fire was a significant blow to the cathedral, a and a symbol of Christianity that welcomed 12 million visitors each year.