Notre Dame de Paris, saved or not?


More than 200 restoration professionals are working every day for 18 months to try to restore and save Notre Dame de Paris, the world's most famous cathedral. In April 2019, a fire had swept through its attic, melted its roof, and sent its spire plunging like an arrow into the heart of the sacred space. Now, it was silent but for the flutter of house sparrows. The space, normally sweet with incense, was acrid with ash and stale smoke. Light beamed through voids in the vaulted stone ceiling, cutting through the gloom and illuminating piles of debris on the marble floor.