Notre-Dame Cathedral Seeks More Money For Interior Repairs
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Mon 14th June 2021 | 08:57 PM
The Catholic diocese of Paris said Monday it was seeking up to six million euros to restore and modernise the interior of Notre-Dame cathedral, nearly destroyed by a massive fire two years ago
Paris, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Jun, 2021 ) :The Catholic diocese of Paris said Monday it was seeking up to six million Euros to restore and modernise the interior of Notre-Dame cathedral, nearly destroyed by a massive fire two years ago.
President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to complete the monument's restoration for 2024, and more than 800 million euros has already been received or pledged from private and corporate donors for the painstaking rebuild of the 13th-century gothic masterpiece.
But a law passed shortly after the blaze stipulated that funds raised via the public subscription covered only the structural restoration and conservation of the historic landmark, which technically is owned by the French state.
Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit said in a statement that the goal was "to bring the cathedral into the 21st century, while ensuring the preservation of its identity in the spirit of the Christian tradition".
The funds would be used to update the tour layout for the six million visitors each year as well as new furniture and lighting and sound systems.
Several artists have already said they will donate their time and expertise for new artworks, and sponsors are being sought via the Notre-Dame Foundation as well as the American nonprofit Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris.
Following several months of works focussed on consolidating the cathedral's structure, actual restoration work is set to begin in late 2021.