Notre-Dame Cathedral’s Interior Renovations

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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 […]

Notre-Dame de Paris Rebuilding Updates: January & February 2021

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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.

Choir sings in Notre-Dame for first time since 2019 fire

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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.

Notre Dame Scaffolding Removal is Complete

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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.

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. […]

June 2020 Updates: Notre-Dame Reconstruction Resumes

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Notre-Dame Reconstruction Resumes Notre-Dame reconstruction work ceased in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, with the decline of the virus and the gradual reopening of Paris, France and Europe in general, work is slowly starting up again on Notre-Dame Cathedral. After a three-month hiatus, Notre-Dame reconstruction work resumed June 8. This renewed phase of […]

Notre-Dame Cathedral Statues Removed for Restoration

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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 […]

Notre Dame Cathedral Restoration Gets Underway

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Laying the Foundation for the Renovation Works Notre Dame Cathedral restoration gets underway. Crews of expert workers are currently putting in place 500 tons of scaffolding, including 50,000 tubes that will completely encircle the spire. To support the weight of the scaffolding as it envelops the spire, the tubes at the base will actually run […]