PARIS (KRON/WNCN) – It took centuries for the famous Notre Dame Cathedral to be completed.
Maurice de Sully, the bishop of Paris, commissioned the church around 1160.
Monday’s fire devastated the historic landmark in what French authorities said was likely accidental in nature.
But how can you rebuild a church with relics, stained glass and other works of art of incalculable value?
Officials say that builders and architects will be poring over photos and videos of the cathedral to recreate it as carefully and as close to the original as possible.
Modern technology could play a crucial role in restoring the church to its former glory.
“Assassin’s Creed: Unity” is a video game set in Paris circa 1789. It features a recreation of Notre Dame, according to Gamebyte.
It’s this recreation that could be instrumental in helping to restore the landmark.
According to GPS World, a new report suggests that detailed 3D maps such as the one in Unity will play a part in the restoring of Notre Dame.
Caroline Miousse, the artist and designer of the cathedral seen in the game, told The Verge she spent “literally years fussing over the details of the building.”
“In the case of the Notre Dame, easily the biggest structure in the game, it meant recreating a version of the cathedral that didn’t actually exist at the time. Level artist Miousse spent literally years fussing over the details of the building. She pored over photos to get the architecture just right, and worked with texture artists to make sure that each brick was as it should be,” she said.
Work by historian Andrew Tallon could also be called upon.
Tallon passed away in November 2018 but his work using lasers to measure the cathedral are “accurate to within five millimeters,” National Geographic reports.
Tallon scanned Notre Dame inside and out from more than 50 locations and created more than one billion points of data.
That data was then used to create digital images of the church.
Restoring Notre Dame will take years but with the help of modern technology, future generations will be able to enjoy it in its former glory.