Design Paris’s Cathedral of Notre-Dame will reopen in December 2024

Paris’s Cathedral of Notre-Dame will reopen in December 2024

Tommaso Berra
Notre-Dame |

On April 15, 2019, images of Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral in flames shocked the world. Almost three years after the tragic incident, organizers have estimated a date on which the monument can reopen to the public: December 2024, presumably on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
The medieval Gothic jewel took nearly 200 years to build, from 1163 to 1345, undergoing enrichment work over the centuries such as the famous Viollet-Le-Duc spire of 1844, which was destroyed in the fire, as was the entire structure, leaving only the facade and two towers intact. Currently, visitors can visit the square and the underground crypt, as well as admire the beautiful facade, which is always illuminated at night.

The coronation site of Napoleon and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991, the Parisian cathedral will soon return to its former glory. Reconstruction work began in 2022 and will stick faithfully to the original form with modernization work only on the interior for conservation purposes, including planting more vegetation in the surrounding area. Documenting the fire and the current reconstruction and restoration work is an exhibition that will open on March 14, 2023 in the cathedral’s underground crypt and remain open until April 29, 2024. Entitled “Notre-Dame de Paris: At the Heart of the Construction Site,” the exhibition traces the history of Notre-Dame, and among the exhibits will be the charred remains of the 2019 fire.

Written by Tommaso Berra
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