(PARIS) After more than two years of work, the restored façade of Paris’s Madeleine Basilica was officially unveiled on Wednesday, just in time for the building’s magnificent restoration to become the Catholic Church’s central reception area during the Olympic Games. Became. .

The project, which cost around 10 million euros, has allowed for a “monumental work of both meticulousness and scale,” architect Thomas Gordig said at the acceptance ceremony. explained.

He said the project is currently focused on restoring the rear of the building and then the side façade, with completion expected “within five or six years.”

Madeleine church designed by Napoleon IErm Like the Greek temples in central Paris, it suffered from pollution and infiltration, and was surrounded by scaffolding for years to protect it from falling rocks.

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“We had a foothold for 25 years and it was no longer possible. It was embarrassing to see such a web,” said Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

During the Olympics (from July 26 to August 11), “the athletes will make their home here to pray and meditate. This place must live up to its mission,” she added. .

With the closure of Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Basilica of the Madeleine will “become a central location” and, among other things, the chapel “Our Lady of the Sportsmen” will be installed inside the church, said the director of the “Holy Games” project. said Isabelle de Châtels. The Catholic Church launched to support the Olympics.

On July 19th, the opening mass of the Olympic Truce will be held in La Madeleine. A variety of activities will be offered during the Games, including Masses commemorating a different country each day, cultural tours of the building, and Christian pop, reggae and classical concerts.

“A 50-meter track will also be set up on the right side of the church, where everyone can run for the country,” he said.myself of Chattels.

Beyond the Madeleine, the church is also planning other Olympic involvement, including an interfaith event scheduled for August 4 in the square in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral.

She will also be attending the future multifaith center in the Olympic Village with around 40 pastors, adding: “There are 24 Holy Games parishes in Paris, out of a total of 37 parishes in Ile-de-France.” he added.myself of Chattels.

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