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Notre-Dame: the current situation

All the information following the fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral.

On the evening of 15 April 2019, a large fire partially destroyed the upper part of Notre-Dame Cathedral. The fire caused serious damage, but thanks to the 400 firefighters at the scene, the monument was able to be partly saved.

From May 31, 2020, the cathedral’s parvis is accessible to the public, a first step towards the full reopening of Notre-Dame. The archaeological crypt is once again open to visitors.

However, the cathedral’s towers and treasures will be closed to the public until further notice.

On Thursday 8 September 2022, the Pont au Double will once again be accessible to the public. This footbridge, reserved for pedestrians and cyclists, makes it possible to move easily from the Notre-Dame square to the Left Bank and vice versa.

OnWednesday 6 December 2023, the spire of Notre-Dame topped by her cross is once again erected.

Saturday 16 December 2023: the new cockerel of Notre-Dame de Paris is hoisted at the top of the new spire.

Following this tragedy, emotional messages of support have poured in from all over the world. The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau and the city’s businesses will continue to welcome you and do their best to help you live your dream in Paris!

The next steps

The reopening of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is announced for the 8th December 2024. A Te Deum is planned for 15 April 2024, exactly 5 years after the fire. The supervision of the restoration is entrusted to the architect Philippe Villeneuve. The general principle is to rebuild the cathedral identically, including the spire.

The redevelopment of the forecourt and the surroundings of Notre-Dame de Paris - whose final delivery is scheduled for 2027 - is being carried out by the team of the Belgian architect and landscape architect Bas Smets. The project leaves a lot of room for green spaces and the enhancement of the façade of the famous monument.

Celebration of masses

Masses are currently celebrated at the church of Saint-Germain L’Auxerrois in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, where services will take place during the next few years during the restoration work at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris.

If you wish to contribute to the restoration of Notre-Dame

French or foreigners, it is possible to make a donation to support the cathedral and participate in its restoration.

European Heritage Days at Notre-Dame de Paris

The Notre-Dame de Paris construction village welcomes visitors to the forecourt for the European Heritage Days. The public is invited to discover the restoration operations of the emblematic monument up close. Meetings, lectures, demonstrations and participatory workshops with all the trades - project management and project supervisors, journeymen, craftsmen and archaeologists - who are working on the reconstruction of Notre-Dame are on the programme. Free admission and no reservation required.

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