Months after the fire incident at France’s Notre-Dame cathedral, Chinese experts will participate in the restoration , state media reported on Wednesday, following a meeting between the two countries’ heads of state in Beijing.
The cathedral, which was torn down by fire in April 2019, was the most visited historic monument in Europe.
“China has a great deal of experience in renovating ancient buildings affected by fire, especially ones made of wood,” said Chai Xiaoming, director of the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage, in an interview with state-run China Daily.
“This means we could offer suggestions on how to approach the renovation of the oak-framed roof on Notre Dame Cathedral,” he said.
Citing a document signed by the two countries during President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Beijing, Xinhua said Chinese experts will work with French teams in on-site restoration without elaborating.
“China and France will collaborate on the theme and model and select Chinese expert candidates for the cooperative restoration work in 2020,” it said.