Published on : Monday, December 23, 2019
The officials confirmed that Notre Dame Cathedral in this year will not hold Christmas services, following the fire that devastated the Paris landmark in April. This will be the first time in 200 years, since 1803 that the 850-year-old cathedral has not held Christmas services, spokesman Andre Finot told. Notre-Dame de Paris is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of France, Paris.
The cathedral was consecrated to the Virgin Mary and considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Its pioneering use of the rib vault and flying buttress, its enormous and colourful rose windows, as well as the naturalism and abundance of its sculptural decoration set it apart from the earlier Romanesque style. Major components that make Notre Dame stand out include one of the world’s largest organs and its immense church bells.
This one of the popular and most ancient cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site was ravaged by a huge fire which destroyed the structure’s fire, parts of the roof and vault in the month of April.
The midnight mass will still be celebrated on Christmas Eve by Rector Patrick Chauvet, but would instead be held at the nearby church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois. This cathedral had remained open for Christmas during 200 years of turbulent history, including Nazi occupation in Second World War.
In June, French prosecutors said the disastrous fire could have been caused by a burning cigarette or an electrical malfunction. The administrative officials noted they were looking into the possibility of negligence as they opened a judicial investigation.
The French President Emmanuel Macron plans to have the structure rebuilt in five years. In April, France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced an international architects’ competition to rebuild, and perhaps redesign, the fallen spire of the medieval landmark.