French president Emmanuel Macron promised Tuesday that Notre Dame would be rebuilt and that, within five years, the church would be “more beautiful than before.” However, the conservation architect Pierluigi Pericolo told French media that the task would take “no less than 15 years.”
The spire collapsed just before 8 p.m. on Monday, and much of the roof structure came down soon after. When the fire broke out, the spire was the focus of an €11 million ($12.4 million) renovation that the cathedral was undergoing; thankfully, this restoration involved the temporary removal of the spire’s 16 copper statues, which remain safe. The cathedral’s iconic bronze rooster, which sat perched atop the spire for almost two centuries, was found among the wreckage
on Tuesday. Though it sustained substantial damage, it’s believed to be restorable.