‘Don’t touch Notre Dame’: Fury at suggestion of reimagining cathedral with modern twist
Suggestions that Notre Dame Cathedral be reimagined following Monday’s fire, complete with modern architecture and materials, have been met with outrage across France and around the world.
“Let's stop this madness: we need to have absolute respect for French heritage,” Jordan Bardella, another member of the right-wing party, said to LCI channel.
Modern art makes me nostalgic for the arts of the past.
.@J_Bardella sur la reconstruction de #NotreDame :"Ils vont nous faire quoi, des rooftops au dessus de #NotreDame ? Il faut arrêter le délire. On doit le respect absolu au patrimoine des Français."#LaMatinaleLCI@chrisjakupic.twitter.com/F12fhFVODr— La Matinale LCI (@LaMatinaleLCI) April 18, 2019
The idea also drew harsh criticism online with people lamenting the loss of historical buildings in Europe and the Middle East.
Voilà ce vers quoi ce type veut amener l’opinion pour que l’agnostique @EmmanuelMacron puisse laisser sa trace façon Mitterand et la pyramide du Louvre.#NotreDame n’est pas un musée mais un lieu de culte mondial multi centenaire ! On ne joue pas avec huit siècle de recueillement pic.twitter.com/iwDinBYYvM— Socrate Jean (@SocrateJ) April 18, 2019
Relevant to #NotreDame, St Michael's Parish Church in Linlithgow, Scotland, was once adorned with a crown steeple in the style of the one at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church (first image). Here's how modern architects "reimagined" it: pic.twitter.com/y3LqT1sIM6— Jack Montgomery (@JackBMontgomery) April 18, 2019
Just look at what happened to Coventry Cathedral after WWII.Turned a lovely cathedral into an ugly mockery.— JonK (@jontyk669) April 19, 2019
#TouchePasNotreDame, Macron on veut pas de ton truc de Jupiter cynique, ton concours bobo d'architectes, on veut ce que nos aïeux nous ont légué malgré les siècles & les guerresSVP postez #TouchePasAmonEglise pour défendre toutes nos eglises et rebâtir Notre-Dame à l'identique ! pic.twitter.com/kHOvV7HZII— David van Hemelryck (@David_vanH) April 17, 2019
Ma proposition, pour une flèche osée, originale et qui s'inscrira dans notre époque. pic.twitter.com/Ka6R8iLnv7— Futze (@Futze_Fury) April 17, 2019
The anger comes after Macron said that “an element of modern architecture could be imagined” in vowing to restore the iconic cathedral to its former glory within five years. The rebuild effort has received significant pledges from the private sector with donations in excess of €700 million already streaming in.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced an international architecture competition to replace the 19th century spire and refurbish the Jewel of Paris and questioned whether it should be an exact replica of what was lost in the fire, or whether the spire should even be rebuilt at all.
“The international contest will settle the question of whether we should build a new spire, whether we should rebuild the spire that was designed and built by (Eugene) Viollet-le-Duc, in identical fashion, or whether we should... endow Notre-Dame cathedral with a new spire adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era,” Philippe said.Also on rt.com French billionaires pledge big donations to rebuild fire-ravaged Notre Dame
The building’s roof was destroyed, its steeple collapsed, its 8,000-pipe organ was damaged, and various paintings and artefacts were lost in the flames.
To replicate the exact specifications of the parts of the building that were destroyed in the fire, it would take years; to locate, season and fit the massive oak beams alone would likely take longer than five years; some have suggested replacing them with materials such as steel, titanium and carbon-fiber.
Benjamin Mouton, Notre-Dame's former affiliated architect argued it was largely pointless to try and emulate the original architecture and building materials exactly given that over the centuries the building has been “heavily altered, modified and reinforced.”Also on rt.com Devastation of Notre Dame interior captured in heartbreaking PHOTOS
“On the other hand, we must recreate the cathedral's silhouette and rebuild the spire. That to me is indispensable,” he added.
Macron is hosting officials from UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, at the Elysee Palace Friday to discuss the refurbishment and reconstruction, which will be led by Jean-Louis Georgelin, a former five-star general.
According to reports, a poll taken by the BVA institute in the aftermath of the fire, Macron's approval rating has reached pre-Yellow Vest levels, rising from 29% to 32%.
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