No Trees in France Large Enough to Replace Beams in Notre Dame
Yes, it looked big because it is HUGE...Notre Dame is a huge structure and considering was built 850 years ago it made it more impressive to me.
But as I am reading about the fire and the damage...this caught my eye from the Associated Press...a French cultural heritage expert says France no longer has trees big enough to replace ancient wooden beams that burned in the Notre Dame fire. The wooden roof that went up in flames was built with beams more than 800 years ago from primal forests. This means cathedral's roof cannot be rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire because "we don't, at the moment, have trees on our territory of the size that were cut in the 13th century."
For so many reasons the rebuilding of Notre Dame will use new technologies, and I am NOT advocating for the cutting down of big ol'trees, but I just find it a little sad there are no old growth trees that could have done the job.