Notre Dame de Paris cannot be restored for lack of suitable timber?
On the evening of the 15th local time, a fire broke out in Notre Dame de Paris, a famous landmark in France. The spires and roofs of Notre Dame were also destroyed in the fire. After the incident, French President Mark Long said in a speech that he hoped to repair Notre Dame in Paris within five years. But experts warn that Notre Dame in Paris may not be able to restore its former appearance, as there are not enough trees in France to provide wood.
The Vice President of the Foundation for the Preservation of Heritage (fondation Du patrimoine) in France said in a speech Wednesday that the roof of Notre Dame de Paris could not be completely restored to what it was before the fire because there were “no trees the size of the 12th and 13th centuries” in France, the Daily Mail of England reported. The burning wood roof of Notre Dame in Paris was built from trees in the primeval forest more than 850 years ago.
Reported that one of the obstacles to the current growth of trees is that as early as the 12th century, many huge trees have been used in construction projects. But these big trees may have higher genes. If these genetically predisposed trees were cut down, only the smaller ones would be left to pollinate.
Another important factor is large-scale deforestation. In the 12th and 13th centuries, many trees in French forests began to grow in the 7th and 8th centuries. This means that the wood on the roof of Notre Dame in Paris has a history of 1300 years. During this period, a great deal of wood was needed to build churches, castles and ships, so most of the ancient forests in France had been cut down. This kind of deforestation makes it less possible to rebuild buildings with similar materials nowadays.
Stephen Murray, an art historian at Columbia University, agrees, telling the well-known US technology blog: “In France, deforestation is a problem, and these buildings consume a lot of wood.” The official website of Notre Dame de Paris also said that even when the church was built in the 12th century, French deforestation caused concern.
Notre Dame de Paris is one of the oldest existing wooden structures in Paris. Notre Dame is famous for its wooden beams and carvings, each of which is made of a single tree and the whole frame is made of about 1300 trees. It is they that make the Gothic vaulted ceiling of the church unique. But a fire that lasted 14 hours destroyed the wooden structure of the medieval building. Some analysts believe that only 4% of European woodlands today are primitive forests and are not affected by human activities. This means that the wooden skeleton of the cathedral is almost impossible to reproduce in exactly the same way.