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Post-fire restoration of historic buildings and implications for Notre-Dame de Paris

The restoration of fire-damaged historical monuments entails a wide range of scientific questions. Taking as a starting point the case of Notre-Dame de Paris, this Comment defines the materials science challenges of post-fire restoration, and also briefly outlines the issues of structural integrity, fire safety and preservation ethics.

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Fig. 1: Notre-Dame de Paris, 22 July 2019.

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Fig. 2: Notre-Dame de Paris, 25 June 2019.

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Fig. 3: Notre-Dame de Paris, 26 June 2019.

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Praticò, Y., Ochsendorf, J., Holzer, S. et al. Post-fire restoration of historic buildings and implications for Notre-Dame de Paris. Nat. Mater. 19, 817–820 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41563-020-0748-y

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