Cross reinstalled on Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris

The cross at the top of the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris has been reinstalled five years after a devastating fire.

The 2019 blaze caused major damage to the cathedral's spire and roof.

The 12-meter tall cross was a masterpiece of ironwork designed by a prominent architect in the 19th century. The cross was damaged while its ornaments were lost in the disaster.

Craftspeople and workers have completed restoration work on the cross.

On Friday, the restored cross was lifted into position by a crane after a prayer was offered by a priest.

People at the site applauded when it was fitted into place atop the cathedral's framework some 40 meters above ground.

The spire has also been restored as reconstruction efforts have been stepped up before the scheduled reopening of the cathedral to the public on December 8.

Philippe Jost, who is in charge of the reconstruction project, said that people who come to Paris for the Olympic Games in July will be able to see "the beautiful cathedral" before the reopening.

French media reports say the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral may be part of the opening ceremony of the Olympics that will be held on the Seine River.