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

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A choir, wearing hard hats, performed inside Notre-Dame Cathedral for Christmas 2020

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.

President of Notre-Dame de Paris, Michel Picaud, appeared on CBS News to speak with Roxana Saberi about the rebuilding efforts and the progress made, thanks to generous contributions from donors like you!

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

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.

Notre-Dame Cathedral’s Choir Statues

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. 

Notre Dame Scaffolding Removal is Complete

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.