Notre Dame 'is being turned into a woke theme park'

Notre Dame ‘is being turned into a woke theme park’: Cathedral is being revamped with a ‘discovery trailand ‘Christianity for dummiesexhibits, claim critics

  • Under new plans, a ‘discovery trailwill lead visitors through 14 themed chapels
  • The final chapel will be dedicated to the environment, others are for Africa, Asia
  • Trendy art murals will cover walls, with sound and lighting used for ’emotion
  • Scripture will be beamed onto walls in foreign languages, including Mandarin
  • Fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral is being turned into a ‘woke theme parkwith renovators adding a ‘discovery trailand ‘Christianity for dummiesexhibits, critics have claimed.

    Under new plans, confessional boxes, altars and classical sculptures will be scrapped for trendy art murals, with sound and lighting effects creating ’emotional spaces.

    A ‘discovery trailwill lead visitors through various chapels, with an emphasis on Africa and Asia, and scripture will be beamed onto the walls in various languages, including Mandarin. One of the sanctuaries will even be dedicated to the environment.

    Maurice Culot, an award-winning Paris-based architect, detto Il telegrafo: ‘It’s as if Disney were entering Notre-Dame.

    ‘What they are proposing to do to Notre-Dame would never be done to Westminster Abbey or Saint Peter’s in Rome. It’s a kind of theme park and very childish and trivial given the grandeur of the place.

    Under new proposals (some of the plans for the modern art murals pictured above) confessional boxes, altars and classical sculptures will be scrapped for trendy art murals, with sound and lighting effects creating 'emotional spaces.'

    Under new proposals (some of the plans for the modern art murals pictured above) confessional boxes, altars and classical sculptures will be scrapped for trendy art murals, with sound and lighting effects creating ’emotional spaces.

    President Emmanuel Macron (pictured inside the cathedral in April)  has set a goal of allowing visitors back inside in 2024, the year Paris hosts the Olympics

    President Emmanuel Macron (pictured inside the cathedral in April) has set a goal of allowing visitors back inside in 2024, the year Paris hosts the Olympics

    Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019

    Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019

    Officials say that the symbol of France will be accessible to tourists with no understanding, ‘whether from China or Sweden.

    But critics argue it debases the 850-year-old church and turns it into a ‘politically correct Disneyland.

    One senior source close to the renovation told the Telegraph the plans risked turning Notre Dame into an ‘experimental showroomthat would ‘mutilatethe cathedral.

    ‘Can you imagine the administration of the Holy See allowing something like this in the Sistine Chapel?,’ said the senior source with access to the latest plans. ‘It would be unimaginable. We are not in an empty space here.

    ‘This is political correctness gone mad. They want to turn Notre-Dame into an experimental liturgical showroom that exists nowhere else whereas it should be a landmark where the slightest change must be handled with great care.

    Notre Dame was almost completely destroyed by an inferno on April 15, 2019, when images of its toppling spire were seared onto the minds of people around the world.

    The roof and the spire are being restored to their former condition, but the new plans make drastic changes to areas of the cathedral that were largely unscathed.

    The outpouring of grief after the fire saw more than £700 million donated to the renovation efforts.

    President Emmanuel Macron has set a goal of allowing visitors back inside in 2024, the year Paris hosts the Olympics.

    Standing on the Île de la Cité in the middle of the River Seine, Notre-Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral consecrated to the Virgin Mary that was constructed from 1163–1260 under the Bishop of Paris Maurice de Sully

    Standing on the Île de la Cité in the middle of the River Seine, Notre-Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral consecrated to the Virgin Mary that was constructed from 1163–1260 under the Bishop of Paris Maurice de Sully

    The proposals seen by two French news outlets and The Telegraph show a ‘disovery trailwhich will take visitors through 14 themed chapels.

    These will depict Genesis, Abramo, Exodus and the Prophets but also the five continents.

    Africa and Asia are given prominence, while Europe, the Americas and Oceania are tucked behind the apse or totally absent.

    The tour ends at a chapel dedicated to ‘reconciled creation’, referring to Pope FrancisLaudato Siencyclical which lamented environmental degradation and global warming.

    Setting out the plans, Father Gilles Drouin, said he wanted to teach visitors the basics of Christianity without turning it into a ‘heavy catechism.

    Smoke billows as flames burn through the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 15, 2019

    Smoke billows as flames burn through the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 15, 2019

    Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019

    Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019

    Christian Rousselot, the director general of the Notre-Dame Foundation, who is in charge of most of the donations, also told The Telegraph the aim was to portray ‘the major moments of the Bible to explain in the most intelligible to common mortals, whether Chinese or Swedish, what it all means.

    But the senior source warned that spending on the interior risked using funds which were still desperately needed to restore Notre-Dame’s flying buttresses and sacristy, which needed works even before the fire.

    The majority of the members of the scientific committee overlooking the restoration are not keen on the plans, but General Jean-Louis Georgelin, who Macron has tasked with leading the restoration, and the Paris Archbishop want to press ahead.

    The fate of the ‘wokeplans could be decided at a major meeting of the French national heritage commission on December 9.

    Our Lady of Paris: The 850-year-old cathedral that survived being sacked in the Revolution to become Europe’s most-visited historical monument

    Intrigued by tales of Quasimodo, fascinated by the gargoyles, or on a pilgrimage to see the Crown of Thorns said to have rested on Jesushead on the Cross, più di 13 million people each year flock to see Europe’s most popular historic monument.

    The 12th century Catholic cathedral is a masterpiece of French Gothic design, with a cavernous vaulted ceiling and some of the largest rose windows on the continent.

    It is the seat of the Archdiocese of Paris and its 69m-tall towers were the tallest structures in Paris until the completion of the Eiffel Tower in 1889.

    It survived a partial sacking by 16th century zealots and the destruction of many of its treasures during the atheist French Revolution but remains one of the greatest churches in the world and was the scene of Emperor Napoleon’s coronation in 1804.

    A view of the middle-age stained glass rosace on the southern side of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral

    A view of the middle-age stained glass rosace on the southern side of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral

    The foundation stone was laid in front of Pope Alexander III in 1163, with building work on the initial structure completed in 1260.

    The roof of the nave was constructed with a new technology: the rib vault. The roof of the nave was supported by crossed ribs which divided each vault into compartments, and the use of four-part rather than six-part rib vaults meant the roofs were stronger and could be higher.

    After the original structure was completed in the mid 13th centuryfollowing the consecration of the High altar in 1182 – flying buttresses had been invented, and were added to spread the weight of the mighty vault.

    The original spire was constructed in the 13th century, probably between 1220 e 1230. It was battered, weakened and bent by the wind over five centuries, and finally was removed in 1786.

    During a 19th century restoration, following desecration during the Revolution, it was recreated with a new version of oak covered with lead. The entire spire weighed 750 tons.

    At the summit of the spire were held three relics; a tiny piece of the Crown of Thorns, located in the treasury of the Cathedral; and relics of Denis and Saint Genevieve, patron saints of Paris. They were placed there in 1935 by the Archibishop Verdier, to protect the congregation from lightning or other harm.

    The Crown of Thorns was one of the great relics of medieval Christianity. It was acquired by Louis IX, king of France, in Constantinople in AD 1239 for the price of 135,000 livresnearly half the annual expenditure of France.

    The elaborate reliquary in which just one of the thorns is housed sits in the Cathedral having been moved from the Saint-Chappelle church in Paris. The thorn is mounted on a large sapphire in the centre.

    The crown itself is also held in the cathedral, and is usually on view to the public on Good Fridaywhich comes at the end of this week.

    Notre-Dame de Paris is home to the relic accepted by Catholics the world over cathedral. The holy crown of thorns worn by Jesus Christ during the Passion

    Notre-Dame de Paris is home to the relic accepted by Catholics the world over cathedral. The holy crown of thorns worn by Jesus Christ during the Passion

    During the 1790s with the country in the grip of atheist Revolution the cathedral was desecrated and much of its religious iconography destroyed. It was rededicated to the Cult of Reason and 28 statues of biblical kingswrongly believed to by French monarchswere beheaded. Even the great bells were nearly melted down.

    Napoleon returned the cathedral to the Catholic Church and was crowned Emperor there in 1804, but by the middle of the 19th century much of the iconic building.

    It wasn’t until the publication of Victor Hugo’s novelThe Hunchback of Notre Dame – nel 1831 that public interest in the building resurfaced and repair works began.

    A major restoration project was launched in 1845 and took 25 years to be completed.

    Architects Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc won the commission.

    Di 1944 the cathedral was to be damaged again and during the liberation of Paris, stray bullets caused minor damage to the medieval stained glass.

    This would be updated with modern designs.

    Nel 1963 France’s Culture Minister, André Malraux, ordered the cleaning of the facade of the cathedral, dove 800 years worth of soot and grime were removed.

    Notre Dame has a crypt, called the Crypte archéologique de l’île de la Cité, where old architectural ruins are stored. They span from the times of the earliest settlement in Paris to present day.

    The cathedral has 10 bells, the heaviest bellknown as the boudon and weighing 13 tonnellate – is called Emmanuel and has been rung to mark many historical events throughout time.

    At the end of the First and Second World Wars the bell was rung to mark the end of the conflicts.

    It is also rung to signify poignant events such as French heads of state dying or following horrific events such as the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York in 2001.

    The three stained glass rose windows are the most famous features of the cathedral. They were created in the Gothic style between 1225 e 1270.

    While most of the original glass is long gone, some remains in the south rose which dates back to the last quarter of the 12th century.

    The rest of the windows were restored in the 18th century.

    The south rose is made up of 94 medallions which are arranged in four concentric circles.

    They portray scenes from the life of Christ and those who knew himwith the inner circle showing the 12 apostles in it 12 medallions.

    During the French Revolution rioters set fire to the residence of the archbishop, which was around the side of the cathedral, and the south rose was damaged.

    One of the cathedral’s first organs was built in 1403 by Friedrich Schambantz but was replaced in the 18th century before being remade using the pipe work from former instruments.

    The Cathedral is also home to a Catholic relic said to be a single thorn from the crown of thorns worn by Jesus on the cross.

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