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French president promises to reconstruct fire-damaged cathedral within five years
The Notre Dame in Paris survived wars, revolutions and political turmoil.
But it took only hours to devastate nearly nine centuries of history.
The World Heritage site was being renovated when it was engulfed by fire.
For many French people Notre Dame is a symbol of their identity.
President Emmanuel Macron is promising to rebuild the cathedral and make it more beautiful than ever in just five years.
How should that restoration be handled? And what lessons have been learned on how to preserve historical sites?
Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra
Guests:
Karen Archer - Deputy Director of the French Heritage Society.
Roberto Di Giulio - Scientific Coordinator of the Inception EU Research Project, which documents heritage sites in Europe with 3D modelling.
Francis Maude - Director at Donald Insall Associates and architect who took part in the restoration of Windsor Castle in the UK.
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