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Schedule for Notre Dame Cathedral's grand reopening in December unveiled

The schedule for Notre Dame's grand reopening in December was announced Saturday in a pastoral letter from Archbishop of Paris Mgr. Laurent Ulrich.

The cathedral was heavily damaged in an April 2019 fire, causing the collapse of the landmark's upper section including its famous spire.

The reopening of the iconic Paris cathedral will last from Dec. 8, 2024, to June 8, 2025, according to the letter.

PHOTO: In this Dec. 16, 2023, file photo, the new golden rooster containing relics saved from the April 15, 2019 cathedral fire is lifted by crane to be installed atop the spire of Notre Dame cathedral as part of its reconstruction, in Paris. (Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images, FILE)
PHOTO: In this Dec. 16, 2023, file photo, the new golden rooster containing relics saved from the April 15, 2019 cathedral fire is lifted by crane to be installed atop the spire of Notre Dame cathedral as part of its reconstruction, in Paris. (Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images, FILE)

During that period, different celebrations will be held, with French and foreign members of the clergy.

A fortnight before the reopening of the building in December, a large procession will be held in the streets of Paris to accompany the return of the statue of Notre Dame.

PHOTO: Carpenters install the traditional bouquet of flowers to celebrate the end of the reconstruction of the medieval choir framework of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, in Paris, on Jan. 12, 2024.  (Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters, FILE)
PHOTO: Carpenters install the traditional bouquet of flowers to celebrate the end of the reconstruction of the medieval choir framework of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, in Paris, on Jan. 12, 2024. (Sarah Meyssonnier/Reuters, FILE)

In July, ABC News highlighted the work of a group of American carpenters who worked with a team of French carpenters to help in the recovery process, including the use of centuries-old techniques to rebuild the woodwork of the roof and the spire.

MORE: Notre Dame's iconic spire being rebuilt 'as it was' ahead of 2024 reopening

"I feel very happy, very proud," Phillip Jost, the head of restoration at Notre Dame, told ABC News' James Longman in December. "Proud for all of the companions, all the workers, which work with enthusiasm."

Schedule for Notre Dame Cathedral's grand reopening in December unveiled originally appeared on abcnews.go.com