The first eight oak trees destined to replace the destroyed spire of Paris' scorched Notre Dame cathedral have been selected from the Berce forest in the French Loire region, church officials said.
The iconic, 96-meter spire was completely destroyed in the fire that ravaged the Paris monument in 2019.
It was made by architect Viollet-le-Duc in 1859.
The first oaks measure around one meter in diameter.
Officials said the 1,000 oaks that are needed to fully rebuild the spire are all scheduled to be cut by the end of March.