France approves the controversial interior redesign of Notre Dame Cathedral

A controversy-generating revamp of the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame de Paris interior was blessed with the formal green light late last week by France’s 20-person National Heritage and Architecture Commission (CNPA).

As reported by Agence France-Presse, members of the commission did have qualms with—or outright reject—a small handful of planned changes to the landmark French Gothic cathedral but were otherwise copasetic with various aspects of the inclusivity-minded, public art-showcasing overhaul led by Father Gilles Drouin. One planned element that the committee did not immediately approve and requested further prototypes for were new benches with integrated personal lamps that would replace the cathedral’s traditional straw seating.

As previously

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