France unveils global design competition for Notre Dame spire

Alfred Osborne
April 18, 2019

Paris public prosecutor Rémy Heitz announced on Tuesday that firefighters were called to the world-famous cathedral at 6.20pm CET, nearly half an hour before the roof caught fire.

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A company artist spent two years painstakingly poring over blueprints of the house of worship to create the most accurate depiction of the cathedral as possible for the game.

"Ubisoft wants to give all gamers the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of the cathedral", the publisher's statement reads.

"Video games can enable us to explore places in ways we never could have otherwise imagined", Ubisoft said in their announcement.

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Macron, in a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, said that he wants the cathedral to be rebuilt in 5 years and that it should be "even more lovely".

Notre Dame will be closed for at least five years while the building is restored following the devastating fire.

Although the fire broke out while Mass was underway, no one was killed because firefighters and church officials speedily evacuated those inside. Investigators are yet to confirm a cause, but it is believed to have resulted from ongoing renovations.

Construction workers brought in a delivery of wooden planks and a large crane Wednesday morning as crews inspected the damage and worked to make sure that what had survived the fire was structurally sound.

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