Notre Dame cathedral in Paris to be restored to ORIGINAL design

The Notre Dame spire in Paris will be rebuilt to its original Gothic design with no modern updates after it was destroyed in a massive fire last April, French President Emmanuel Macron has confirmed.

The national heritage and architectural commission in charge of the restoration approved plans to restore it to its original design after much speculation that the cathedral could have been redesigned in a modern style. The commission said it would be brought back to its last “complete, coherent and known” state.

Macron previously said he was in favor of a “contemporary gesture,” which inspired a number of outlandish proposals for a redesign, including putting a swimming pool on the roof. The plan is for the work to be complete by 2024, in time for the Paris Olympics, and a modernist rebuild may have delayed this deadline.

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