Moulin Rouge’s iconic windmill sails restored after collapse just in time for the Olympics

July 7, 2024
3,098 Views

Olympics flame lit ahead of Paris games


Paris Olympics flame lit as athletes prepare for Summer Games

03:50

The famous Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris got its iconic red windmill back on Friday just in time for the Summer Olympics later this month.

The mill’s huge sails inexplicably collapsed after a show in April at the iconic venue, an emblem of the surrounding Montmartre neighborhood. When the sails fell, they took with them the first three letters of the Moulin Rouge sign.

People take pictures of the landmark red windmill atop the Moulin Rouge, Paris' most famous cabaret club, after its sails fell off during the night in Paris
People take pictures of the landmark red windmill atop the Moulin Rouge, Paris’ most famous cabaret club, after its sails fell off during the night in Paris, France, April 25, 2024.

Benoit Tessier/REUTERS


“It’s sad, just sad,” Danish tourist Lars Thygesen told CBS News at the time.

“I hope they will build it up again, so it will be as it always has been, the old Moulin Rouge,” added his partner Lise.

No one was hurt and the mayor of Paris’ 18th district said the structure was not in danger.

The Moulin Rouge scrambled to repair the damage before July 15, when the Olympic torch relay is expected to draw big crowds as it passes through the area.

France Moulin Rouge
Dancers perform in front of the Moulin Rouge cabaret during the inauguration of the theatre’s windmill in Paris, Friday, July 5, 2024. The mill’s huge sails inexplicably collapsed after a show last month at the iconic venue, an emblem of the surrounding Montmartre neighborhood and bohemian Paris lifestyle.

Thibault Camus / AP


On Friday, a special ceremony that featured can-can dancing on the plaza outside marked the restoration.

The windmill was first illuminated on Oct. 6, 1889, at the opening of the Moulin Rouge.

The cabaret, marking its 135th anniversary this year, is a major tourist attraction and was celebrated in the 2001 Baz Luhrmann film musical starring Nicole Kidman.

Cabaret management says its performers represent 18 nationalities and it receives 600,000 spectators a year.

Source link

You may be interested

World’s rarest whale may have washed up on New Zealand beach, possibly shedding clues on species
World
shares2,582 views
World
shares2,582 views

World’s rarest whale may have washed up on New Zealand beach, possibly shedding clues on species

new admin - Jul 16, 2024

Spade-toothed whales are the world’s rarest, with no live sightings ever recorded. No one knows how many there are, what…

The 11 best Prime Day laptop deals to hop on for 2024
Top Stories
shares3,877 views
Top Stories
shares3,877 views

The 11 best Prime Day laptop deals to hop on for 2024

new admin - Jul 16, 2024

Amazon/Scott Francisco for CBS Essentials It's that time of the year again: Amazon Prime Day 2024 is here, and with…

Four powerful benefits of ungrading (opinion)
Education
shares2,834 views
Education
shares2,834 views

Four powerful benefits of ungrading (opinion)

new admin - Jul 16, 2024

[ad_1] Nothing is like the feeling of settling down with a (digital) stack of 30 papers and grading them. Unfortunately, it…