PARIS (RNS) — Everyone, it seems, has an idea for how to rebuild Notre Dame.
Proposals for its reconstruction include topping it with a modern glass cover, an ecological garden or even a swimming pool up on the roof.
President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to reopen the 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece in 2024 — conveniently in time for the tourists attending the Paris Olympics — and caused an uproar by proposing to ignore strict preservation laws to get this done on time.
Since a dramatic blaze destroyed its roof and spire on April 15, many speeches and articles have highlighted the cathedral’s special meaning for the French as a historic site and a tourist attraction.
Most of those speeches and articles have downplayed Notre Dame’s primary