France will open the redesign of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral's historic spire to worldwide architects after Monday night's catastrophic blaze that gutted the centuries-old roof and sent the towering spire crashing through the vaulted ceiling.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that architects would be invited to submit designs to replace the collapsed spire.
There's one other recreation of the Notre-Dame Cathedral that could aid in its reconstruction - that of Vasser College architecture historian Andrew Tallon.
France's President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the 12th-century building within five years. Developers on the game spent 14 months recreating Notre-Dame for the digital world, a Ubisoft spokesperson told Mashable, with the structure becoming the game's benchmark landmark for both player navigation and the visual standards of the game.
Construction teams brought in a huge crane and a delivery of planks of wood to the site Wednesday morning.
Investigations into the blaze are still underway.
The Paris prosecutor's office said investigators have still not been able to look inside the cathedral, because it remains risky.
The spire the contest will be replacing wasn't as old as the church itself.
"No one is talking about us", said Patrick Lejeune, president of an association that represents about 150 employees. "Incredible, indescribable, I just can't explain it", said Nadia Pascassio-Comte, in Strasbourg.
"Or whether, as is often the case during the evolution of heritage, we should endow Notre-Dame with a new spire that reflects the techniques and challenges of our era".