Broken gargoyles and fallen railings replaced with plastic pipes and wooden planks. Flying buttresses blackened by pollution and eroded by rainwater. Pinnacles supported by beams and held together by straps.— New York Times
The French historic monument, Notre-Dame de Paris, has suffered from weather, rain, pollution and wind.
Built from 1160 to 1345, with restorations and additions in the mid-19th century by architects Jean-Baptiste Lassus and Viollet-le-Duc, the cathedral attracts 14 million visitors a year.
The cathedral’s spokesman, André Finot, explained that the cathedral needed a major makeover. The cost of the restoration is estimated at 150 million euros (180 million US dollars).
The pinnacles appear to be melting due to atmospheric corrosion.
Several gargoyles are heavily damaged by rain, pollution and wind.
Buttresses are one of the most pressing and concerning issues due to their structural function. If one were to collapse, the consequences would be disastrous.
the Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris The association hopes to raise funds from the American public for the conservation of the building.
Despite efforts to raise awareness of the urgency of the matter, tourists do not seem to bemoan the building’s aging appearance.