June & July 2022 Preparatory Excavations The excavations at the transept crossing are now complete, and the ground is prepared to support the 600 ton, 100 meters high scaffolding that will help reconstruct the spire. The excavations were made possible by the removal of the podium located at the transept crossing, which was badly damaged […]
Bill Fontana’s latest project, Silent Echoes Notre-Dame, is a contemporary sound installation in Notre-Dame Cathedral’s bell towers. The soundscape records the sounds that Notre-Dame’s bells emit in response to the environment around them. Fontana is a composer and media artist known internationally for his pioneering experiments in sound. His works create live listening networks that […]
In March 2022, archaeological excavations at the crossing of Notre-Dame Cathedral’s transept and nave uncovered a centuries-old lead sarcophagus. The excavations, conducted by France’s National Institute for Archaeological Research, have been in progress since February 2, 2022, and will extend for a few more weeks. The Établissement Public, the French public agency in charge of […]
One of the most well-known features of Notre-Dame de Paris are her expansive stained-glass windows, including the three magnificent rose windows. The Art of Stained Glass The artistry of stained glass quickly gained prominence in the 12th century. These large, colorful windows became a staple in Gothic architecture, bathing many newly constructed cathedrals in the […]
In early December, France’s National Heritage and Architecture Commission assessed proposed plans to decide how Notre-Dame de Paris’ interior will be renovated. In addition to the structural and external damage cause by the fire in 2019, the interior of the cathedral suffered water, smoke and lead dust damage to the seating, interior lighting, lectern, and […]
Basilica of the Shrine in Washington, DC Celebrates Special Mass to Present Donations Received for the Restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral
On September 16, 2021, a special Mass in honor of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The Mass was also an occasion for the Basilica of the Shrine to present Notre-Dame Cathedral with a check of the funds collected to rebuild […]
One of the most famous features of Notre-Dame de Paris is her bells. They faithfully mark the hours and ring out to commemorate significant occasions. How much do you know about Notre-Dame Cathedral’s bells? Notre-Dame Cathedral has 10 bells, of which, the “bourdon” dates back to the 15th century. The bourdon is the heaviest bell […]
Throughout the centuries, the month of May has been celebrated as the month of Mary, or Our Lady, in many religions. In Paris, this adoration was shown every year by giving gifts and trinkets to Notre-Dame de Paris. Beginning in 1449, the Brotherhood of Goldsmiths in Paris made gifts to Notre-Dame Cathedral on May 1st […]
Since the new year, work on Notre-Dame de Paris is steadily progressing as we continue securing the structure of Notre-Dame Cathedral. We anticipate this work will be finished in summer 2021. Now that the scaffolding has been removed, the cathedral will be placed under a temporary umbrella-like structure above the crossing of the transept, nave, and choir to protect its interior from water damage. Installing this protective structure was finished in February.
If you’ve ever visited Notre-Dame Cathedral, you must have noticed the many statues that adorn its interior. Looking specifically at the choir – the area of the cathedral designed to accommodate the liturgical singers between the nave and the altar – the statues represent many things; some commemorate saints, depict biblical events or pay homage to French monarchs. But none are as prominent as the statues that surround the high altar in the apse at the end of the choir.
In December 2020, a choir – wearing hard hats – performed inside Notre-Dame Cathedral to celebrate the Christmas holiday. It was the first time a choir has performed in the cathedral since Notre-Dame was damaged in fire in April 2019.
The dismantling of the damaged scaffolding on Notre-Dame de Paris is officially complete since November 24! This essential operation was a key milestone of the Safety Phase, which will ensure Notre-Dame Cathedral’s structural integrity and security.