Four Oaks, One Sacred Destiny: Recreating Notre Dame’s Spire

The 93-metre-high spire, made of wood and clad in lead, became the most potent symbol of the April 2019 blaze when it was seen engulfed in flames, collapsing dramatically into the inferno.

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A forest worker climbs an oak in the Forest of Berce in the Loire region, Tuesday, March 9, 2021. In a former royal forest in France, four 200-year-old oaks are being felled for wood to reconstruct Notre Dame cathedral's fallen spire. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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JUPILLES, France (AP) — Four French oaks that have been standing for hundreds of years in a once-royal forest now have a sacred destiny. Felled Tuesday in the Loire region’s Forest of Berce, they have been selected to reconstruct Notre Dame cathedral’s fallen spire. The 93-metre-high spire, made of wood and clad in lead, became the most potent symbol of the April 2019 blaze when it was seen engulfed in flames, collapsing dramatically into the…

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