On April 15, 2019, Notre Dame de Paris caught fire. The spire and the roof of the 850-plus-year-old building burned for about four hours. While some of the structure was saved, much was destroyed or badly damaged, from the outer architecture to the art, statues and artifacts inside.
Ideas on how to rebuild came quickly. Ultimately, two days after the fire, French President Emmanuel Macron set a target date to reopen the iconic cathedral in 2024, ahead of the Paris Olympics. It’s an ambitious timeline by any means, and one that will come in fits and starts.