PARIS, France: The rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has come under fire from critics, after the new plans for the rebuilt cathedral sought to replace confessional boxes, altars and several classical sculptures with art murals, sound and lighting effects, along with room for "emotional spaces".
There will also be a "discovery trail" that beams scripture onto the walls in various languages, including Mandarin Chinese.
Also, one of the sanctuaries in the new church will reportedly be dedicated to the environment.
"It's as if Disney were entering Notre Dame," award-winning Paris architect Maurice Culot told The Telegraph. "What they are proposing to do to Notre Dame would never be done to Westminster Abbey or Saint Peter's in Rome. It's a kind of theme park and very childish and trivial, given the grandeur of the place."
The Catholic church claims the renovations will make the building accessible and understandable to people all over the world.
"Can you imagine the administration of the Holy See allowing something like this in the Sistine Chapel?" said a senior source with access to the proposed plans. "It would be unimaginable. We are not in an empty space here. This is political correctness gone mad," the source added. "They want to turn Notre Dame into an experimental liturgical showroom that exists nowhere else, whereas it should be a landmark where the slightest change must be handled with great care," as reported by Fox News.
The cathedral was ravaged by a fire in April 2019, and hundreds of millions of dollars have been donated to rebuild it. French President Emmanuel Macron seeks to allow visitors inside by 2024.