Notre Dame forecourt reopens to public after long cleanup delayed by coronavirus
The body supervising the restoration of the iconic Gothic cathedral issued a statement on Sunday saying that the reopening was finally made possible after several deep cleaning operations took place to remove toxic lead dust from the large forecourt.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo joined senior clergy on a visit to the site on Sunday afternoon, saying it was an “immense pleasure” to catch up with them “for the reopening of the Notre Dame forecourt”, which she described as a form of “renaissance”.
The church will be continued to be cleaned to ensure public health. The cathedral will remain closed until at least until 2024.
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