The Silent Sounds of Notre-Dame’s Bells

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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 […]

The Stained-Glass of Notre-Dame de Paris

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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 […]

The Bells of Notre-Dame de Paris

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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 […]

Notre-Dame Cathedral’s Choir Statues

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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. 

Updates: Notre Dame Organ After Fire and Before

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History of the Notre Dame Organ The history of organs in Notre-Dame de Paris began around 1330. The first organ was located in a loft beneath a high window in the nave. By 1400, it was decided to install a second organ on a high and narrow stone gallery above the western portal. This new […]

Notre Dame Organ After Fire: New Life for Cathedral’s Grand Organ

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New Life for Notre Dame Organ After Fire Today is a historic day for the cathedral’s Grand Organ: it is the first day of its journey to restoration. During the fire in April 2019, miraculously, the Grand Organ was largely unharmed by the blaze itself and received very little water damage. However, the real threat […]

Notre-Dame de Paris: Restoration Work on the Grand Organ Begins Today!

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New Life for Notre-Dame Cathedral’s Grand Organ Today is a historic day for the cathedral’s Grand Organ: it is the first day of its journey to restoration. During the fire in April 2019, miraculously, the Grand Organ was largely unharmed by the blaze itself and received very little water damage. However, the real threat to […]

Spire of Notre-Dame de Paris to be Rebuilt According to 19th Century Design

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“Notre-Dame spire must be rebuilt as it was in the 19th Century” On Thursday, July 9, 2020, the chief architects of Historical Monuments, Philippe Villeneuve, Rémi Fromont and Pascal Prunet presented restoration plans for Notre-Dame Cathedral to the National Commission for Heritage and Architecture (CNPA), the advisory council that handles important restoration projects in France. […]

Notre-Dame Cathedral Statues Removed for Restoration

Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris is the official 501(c)(3) charity leading the international fundraising efforts to rebuild and restore Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Notre-Dame Cathedral Statues were safely and successfully removed from the cathedral’s spire! April 11, 2019 marked a big occasion: the huge Notre-Dame Cathedral statues that adorn the spire were removed. The statues consist of a copper sheathing attached to an internal iron structure. These materials and techniques were chosen for their greater lightness and ease […]