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This section proposes, in the first 24 pages, reflections and ideas concerning the main topic of the issue based on a critical and historical approach

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Notre-Dame de Paris: NO to the haste of politics, YES to the patient time of restoration

Andrea Pane - Scientific Director of Compasses

Five months after the devastating fire, an initial evaluation of what has been lost and what has been saved. But above all, an appeal for caution against those who want to circumvent procedures and competencies.

A substantial part of the cathedral of Notre-Dame is not anymore. A few hours of fire, inexplicably started and recklessly uncontrolled, have destroyed centuries of history.
The courage of firemen and the strength of stone have saved the structure, but much – too much – is lost forever. Someone has written that the damage is not so serious and in part it is true, considering the dismay we all felt, that night of April the 15th, in front of the fear of waking up the next day and finding only the exterior shell of the great cathedral standing.
But this doesn’t mean that what has been lost did not have an inestimable value: wooden structures that for the most part dated back to the 13th century, later additions all congruent with the traditional Gothic construction and, above all, parts restored or reconstructed by Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, among which the famous flèche – the spire – which constituted (it is difficult to use the past tense, but unfortunately it is so) a piece of history of the 19th-century stylistic restoration.

An intervention, that of Viollet, internationally well-known and a topos of the basic education of any architecture student.
The works realized by the famous architect between 1844 and 1864, first in collaboration with the oldest and most authoritative Jean-Baptiste Lassus, then on his own, now represent a piece of history of the Parisian cathedral as significant as the previous stratification and it is not admissible to consider their loss a “lesser evil”. A brilliant and learned architect – still waiting for a full reassessment of his multiform and complex personality, especially in France, although new publications and some exhibitions have proliferated on the occasion of the 2014 bicentenary – Viollet-le-Duc had carried out the restoration of Notre-Dame with love and dedication.

Notre-Dame de Paris: NO to the haste of politics, YES to the patient time of restoration

Andrea Pane - Scientific Director of Compasses

Five months after the devastating fire, an initial evaluation of what has been lost and what has been saved. But above all, an appeal for caution against those who want to circumvent procedures and competencies.

A substantial part of the cathedral of Notre-Dame is not anymore. A few hours of fire, inexplicably started and recklessly uncontrolled, have destroyed centuries of history.
The courage of firemen and the strength of stone have saved the structure, but much – too much – is lost forever. Someone has written that the damage is not so serious and in part it is true, considering the dismay we all felt, that night of April the 15th, in front of the fear of waking up the next day and finding only the exterior shell of the great cathedral standing.
But this doesn’t mean that what has been lost did not have an inestimable value: wooden structures that for the most part dated back to the 13th century, later additions all congruent with the traditional Gothic construction and, above all, parts restored or reconstructed by Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, among which the famous flèche – the spire – which constituted (it is difficult to use the past tense, but unfortunately it is so) a piece of history of the 19th-century stylistic restoration.

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