Now that Notre Dame’s fire is extinguished and the art pieces it contained are safe and being restored, speculation is rampant on how and when the structure will be rebuilt.
France isn’t wasting much time — a competition has already been announced for international architects to offer their visions for the cathedral’s new spire. Obviously, questions abound on what the spire should look like and are likely to divide Parisians. “The international competition will allow us to ask the question of whether we should even recreate the spire as it was conceived by Viollet-le-Duc, or, as is often the case in the evolution of heritage, whether we should endow Notre Dame with a new spire. This is obviously a huge challenge, a historic responsibility,” French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe explained.