Notre Dame Cathedral: 'Lot of Work' Before Rebuild Can Begin

by The Associated Press, September 20, 2019

PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame Cathedral has far to go to recover from a destructive fire but a hardy copper rooster that once topped the spire is serving as a reminder that all wasn't lost.

Roosters are a symbol of France. The small bird that adorned Notre Dame plunged to the ground in the April fire that collapsed the spire and consumed the roof.

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High heat and the long fall deformed the cathedral-capping rooster, but it survived and is going on public display this weekend.

French Culture Minister Frank Riester says the rooster is a "witness to what happened in this terrible fire."

Riester said Friday that work to stabilize the cathedral's structure continues and reconstruction isn't expected to start for at least a few months.

Notre Dame will be closed to the public for several years.

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