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New Notre-Dame spire takes shape on Paris skyline

The framework of the new Notre-Dame spire takes shape in Paris
The framework of the new Notre-Dame spire takes shape in Paris - STEPHANE MAHE/Reuters

The outline of the new spire on Notre-Dame Cathedral has appeared on the Paris skyline as a key part of the reconstruction approaches completion.

Scaffolding still surrounds the spire, which replaces the one destroyed in a devastating fire at the medieval Roman Catholic cathedral in April 2019.

The authority overseeing the rebuilding said the oak structure of the spire, which reaches 315ft high, would be visible before Christmas.

It is identical to the previous one, designed by Eugène Viollet-Le-Duc, a 19th century architect, which collapsed in the blaze.

The spire at Notre-Dame collapses during a huge blaze in 2019
The spire at Notre-Dame collapses during a huge blaze in 2019 - Diana Ayanna/AP

The scaffolding will remain in place until early next year to allow for the installation of its casing and lead ornaments.

The cathedral is due to reopen on Dec 8 next year, Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has said.

The frames of the nave and the choir of the cathedral, which were also destroyed, are due for completion next year, after which the construction of the roof can begin.

The final stages include cleaning the interior, an area that covers about 50,000 square yards, and installing new fixtures and fittings.