As donations for Notre-Dame’s restoration near €1 billion, French President Emmanuel Macron’s pledge that the restoration would be completed within five years is already coming into question.

According to Macron, the renovations to restore iconic spire, wooden vaulting, and parts of the Gothic cathedral’s roof would be completed in time for the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics.

According to experts, however, the timeline set by Macron appears premature. French conservation architect Pierluigi Pericolo told Inrocks magazine that the project would be completed in “no less than 15 years”. According to Pericolo,”it is a colossal task”. It would take two to five years just to check the stability of the massive cathedral,” who added, “It’s difficult to send workers into a monument whose vaulted ceilings are swollen with water,” Pericolo told France-Info. “The end of the fire doesn’t mean the edifice is totally saved. The stone can deteriorate when it is exposed to high temperatures and change its mineral composition and fracture inside,” added Pericolo.

 

Questions are also being asked about whether the famous spire, which was added during Notre-Dame’s mid-19th-century renovations and was not a part of the original medieval structure, should be rebuilt.

Macron held a special cabinet meeting on Wednesday to discuss Notre Dame’s reconstruction. Clean-up operations are already underway as are preparations for extensive repairs as teams brought in a huge crane and delivered planks of wood to the site Wednesday morning. According to Paris’ prosecutor’s office, investigators have still not been able to look deep inside the cathedral as the area remains hazardous.