PARIS — Notre Dame Cathedral has far to go to recover from a destructive fire but a hardy copper rooster that once topped the spire is serving as a reminder that all wasn’t lost.
High heat and the long fall deformed the cathedral-capping rooster, but it survived and is going on public display this weekend.
French Culture Minister Frank Riester says the rooster is a “witness to what happened in this terrible fire.”
Riester said Friday that work to stabilize the cathedral’s structure continues and reconstruction isn’t expected to start for at least a few months.
Notre Dame will be closed to the public for several years.