Well, kiddies, don’t say I didn’t warn ya! I suppose this was bound to happen, but I’ll reiterate what I said in more detail in a recent two-part post on Notre Dame.
Long story short: be VERY, VERY suspicious of appeals to make the cathedral look “like it did before,” or making it “authentically medieval.” Such claims are not about historical accuracy or authenticity; they’re about politics and racism.
French senate says Notre Dame must be restored ‘in the same way as before’
Wim Delvoye, one of the artists who submitted a proposal, says he is confident the government will pivot to his solution