How to welcome the faithful to the time of the reconstruction of Notre-Dame? The answer is to be precise. While a project of cathedral of the ephemeral had been put on the table in the aftermath of the fire which destroyed the gothic structure of the 15th April last, he might see the light of day in the spring of 2020 to be opened a year after the disaster.

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The JDD reveals that the hospital of the Hôtel-Dieu, also subject to renovation work and situated a few steps from the cathedral, is expected to host this “nave” temporary in its interior garden. Designed by the architect Anne Démians, the structure will be wood and will measure 55 metres long, 13.5 metres wide and 16 metres high. “The wood framing is composed of large flying buttresses whose tips resemble the eye of a needle in which slides a beam that is round”, she explained.

The weekly Sunday reports that will be made of elements prefabricated in the factory, mountable in a month. The project has a relatively high cost of 2 million euros, fully funded by sponsorship.

“In no case shall a place of worship”

“This is not done yet but it is on the right track,” said Martin Hirsch, general director of the Assistance publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), noting that the project had conquered the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, Frank Riester, minister of Culture, as well as the general Georgelin, in charge of monitoring the construction of Notre-Dame. The location will be in “no case a place of worship,” after the patron saint of Novaxia, company responsible for the renovation of the Hotel-Dieu. The installation could, however, expose “the works of the survivors of the fire” if the archdiocese gives its approval, or to show the evolution of the work of Our Lady to the public.

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The project of the Hotel-Dieu is the successor to the firm of architect Gensier proposed in the month of July. It also provided for the construction of a cathedral ephemeral on the parvis de Notre-Dame can accommodate up to 800 people for religious services or exhibitions.