When the final renovation of Notre Dame Cathedral is completed, the landmark will look a little different than tourists remember.
According to the plan, which is working on a landscape bureau architect Bas Smets, the area behind the cathedral will be enlarged, a new park, an underpass and a tree shed will appear.
30 percent more trees will be planted in the area of the cathedral
The city plans to install a cooling system that if necessary — during a heat wave — will channel a thin layer of water down the area to cool down temperatures, and trees and shrubs will be planted in the area.
In addition to landscaping, the new design will turn the underground parking into a pedestrian area that will lead to the archaeological museum.< /p>
Notre Dame Cathedral, which remains one of the most visited UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, was destroyed by fire in April 2019. Since then, work has been underway to restore the landmark.
In 2020, the city reopened the crypt under the Notre Dame Cathedral, which was not damaged by the fire, but suffered from lead dust, as well as the public square in front of the main entrance to the cathedral.
Last year, French President Emmanuel Macron stated that his goal — to complete Notre Dame de Paris for the 2024 Olympic Games, which will be held in Paris. Although much of the work will obviously be completed by then, the landscaping and landscaping innovations cannot take place until the scaffolding has been removed. Experts believe that the cathedral will fully open only in 2027.