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Will Notre Dame Survive?
News Bytes 01/9/2020 27 Comments



The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral says the Paris landmark is still so fragile that there’s a “50% chance” that much of the structure may not survive. That’s because scaffolding installed before this year’s fire is threatening the vaults of the Gothic monument.

Monsignor Patrick Chauvet described his “heartache” at not being able to celebrate Christmas services inside Notre Dame this year. It was the first time the church went silent on Christmas since the French Revolution!

“Today it is not out of danger,” he says. “It will be out of danger when we take out the remaining scaffolding. There is also 50% chance of scaffolding falling onto the three vaults, so as you can see the building is still very fragile.”

The 12th-century cathedral was under renovation at the time of the accidental April fire, which destroyed its roof and collapsed its spire.

One of the toughest parts of the cleanup effort is cutting down the 50,000 metal tubes of old scaffolding that crisscrossed the back of the edifice.

“We need to remove completely the scaffolding in order to make the building safe so in 2021 we will probably start the restoration of the cathedral,” Monsignor Chauvet says. “Once the scaffolding is removed, we need to assess the state of the cathedral, the quantity of stones to be removed and replaced.”

He estimates it will take another three years after that to make the building safe enough for people to re-enter it, but that the full restoration will take longer.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants Notre Dame rebuilt by 2024, when Paris hosts the Olympics. But experts have questioned whether that time frame is realistic.

Engineer Jean-Luc Bodam speaks for many Parisians when he says, “We are French; we are going to try to rebuild Notre Dame as it was before, because it is a symbol.”

Notre Dame does indeed have a history as both a place of worship and a symbol of French culture. Which do you think was more important to the original builders? Which do you think is more important to people today? Can both be good reasons for saving Notre Dame?


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Not-ra To No-tra

I hope Notre Dame survives! I heard on the video that the person was American and she said Notre like No-tra. Here in England we say Not-ra. As in the words No and Not at the beginning. Wierd! You Americans say it so wierd!

This is so sad. I feel really

This is so sad. I feel really bad for France right now.


Lol! The differences in English are pretty funny! Hey, a lot of my friends play around with British accents. Do you guys do that with American accents?

It is so sad that Notre Dame

It is so sad that Notre Dame burned. I hope they can save it!! (I would do a crying face here if I knew how)

@ Mirlea

That ,an in the video (the African man) he had and British accent.

@ Beth G

This is a crying face. ioi do you see it?

@ Bella C

Yeah we do quite a bit. We can never go though 5 minutes of doing that before we have all laughed ourselves to death! :-P



@ Mirela

I say it No-her dame

To Above

I mean.
No -ter -dame
That's how I say it and I'm an american. You say it not-er Dom?

Off Topic

What types of movies do y'all watch?
Also if any of you have an Xbox 360, any game suggestions (besides Minecraft lol?

@ Beth H

Go to Babe Ruth Bat a hit. I have a Wii.

Added to my above comment

But we don't have many games on it.

@ N A

We say it Not-ra.

@ Beth H

I like "the gospel of John" "Time changer" "Scheffy" "superbook" " Animated stories from the bible" 'We don't watch many movies.
like the reast of everybody.

@Beth H

I like Sound of Music, Mary Poppins(the old one), Babe, Charlotte's Web, Facing the Giants, Flywheel, The Snowman.

@ Bethsarah G

By saying Mary poppins ( the old one), do you mean you don't like the new one? Or you haven't watched it?

Janna (@ Mirela J)

We say Notre Dame like No-ter Da (with a long a) because there's a college called that.

@Beth G and Nadia A

Okay thanks I've watched some of those movies. The old and new Mary Poppins were both good but I liked the old one better.



@Mirela J

I haven't seen the new one.


lol i love joking with the British accent ive honestly gotten pretty good at using it

@ Bethsarah G

Ohh, ok. :-)

@ Beth H

I also like Minuscule : Valley of the lost


Okay cool. Thanks.

i say Noter Dame

i say Noter Dame



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