UPDATED 11:15 AM PT – Sunday, September 20, 2020
As efforts to rebuild the Notre Dame resume, cathedral workers are turning to medieval methods in an effort to restore the building to what it once was. Carpenters and masons went back to work this week following months of little progress on the charred cathedral.
One issue that slowed the building process was a debate over the materials that were going to be used. Builders were divided on whether to use more fire safe materials or rebuild with the original supplies.
“I think this shows that it was the right thing to choose to reconstruct the framework of the cathedral identically in French oak,” stated restoration leader Jean-Louis Georgelin. “Secondly, it also shows us the method that we will use to rebuild the framework, truss after truss.”
COVID-19 also slowed up the process, delaying repairs even later.
A fire broke out last year in the cathedral, creating damages worth an estimated $1 billion euros.