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By Pete Moore On April 17th, 2019

France is to invite architects from around the world to submit their designs for a new spire to sit atop a renovated Notre-Dame cathedral.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters they hoped for “a new spire that is adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era”.

The heart sinks. Can you imagine the modernist monstrosity which will rise on the Île de la Cité? Some funky architect with PR skills and no sense of space, history or respect will probably put a rocket ship up there. The French won’t mind. For all their bluster this week about the loss, they’re modernist vandals at heart. Any bunch who can defile the glorious Louvre Palace courtyard with a glass pyramid is capable of anything. A sensible people would restore the Gothic grace and architecture. But we’re not talking sensible people here. These are politicians and bureaucrats. They’re the most dangerous people. They want to be known for something.


  1. I’ll make a prediction. Are my predictions have been right more than they’d been wrong in the past on ATW. the cathedral will be pretty much restored to the same as it was before. Just with more modern materials.

  2. Get Trump to do it.

    He’s a construction guy.

    A huge gold tower with the word TRUMP in big block capitals along the side.

  3. How about a huge dark blue edifice centred with a lovely circle of golden stars 😉

  4. More likely to be a Crescent these days.