What is the story of Notre Dame

France's capitalParis is a real beauty among the modern metropolises, not least because of their magnificent Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral. The fact that this proud and beautiful symbol of France now has an uncertain future ahead of it, not only puts a stab in the heart of the Parisians. I want to introduce you to the beautiful cathedral today as well as its future after fatal fire to introduce.

The Notre-Dame at a glance


Visit and arrival

The fire

Future of the cathedral

The history of the Notre-Dame de Paris

The Notre Dame is one of the oldest Gothic churches in France. Construction work began as early as 1163 and lasted until 1345. During the construction phase, which lasted almost 200 years, the romantic style changed to Gothic, so that Notre-Dame was redesigned again after the first 80 years of its construction. When the magnificent building was finally completed, the nave was 128 meters long, 40 meters wide and around 33 meters high. The cathedral's two characteristic towers, too West towers called, even reach barely 70 meters into the Parisian sky.

During the Enlightenment, the church was redesigned and finally looted and partially damaged in the course of the French Revolution. Under Napoleon there was actually a question of what was then rather shabby Demolish cathedral - Hard to believe today, right?

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When Napoleon was crowned emperor in Notre-Dame de Paris in 1804, the cathedral was hung with large carpets to hide its poor condition. Napoleon was instrumental in maintaining the then badly dilapidated cathedral.

Only through the success of the novel byVictor Hugo The Hunchback of Notre Dame (literally translated actually Notre-Dame of Paris) the church regained prestige and was restored in the course of the following decades. As part of this renovation work, the almost 93 meter high was also built Crossing towerwhich unfortunately could not withstand the fire in the spring. Since the restoration in the late 19th century, the cathedral has again delighted numerous people and is now an indispensable part of the cityscape of Paris. The cathedral has been state-owned since 1905 and has been part of the city since 1979 UNESCO world cultural heritage. Another renovation was planned for the years 2019 to 2022, which began in April 2019.

Visiting the Notre-Dame?

The Notre-Dame de Paris is right in the heart of the city on the little one Île de la Cité island in the Seine. Due to the fire in spring 2019, the cathedral is only once closed for an indefinite period. At the moment you can only marvel at the imposing cultural asset from the outside. If you want to visit the landmark on your city trip, it is best to take the U4 metro and get off at the Cité stop.

How to get to Notre-Dame
  • You can find Notre Dame at 6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris
  • This is how you can reach them:
    Metro 4 - Station: Cité
    RER B, C - stations: Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame
  • By the way, you could visit the cathedral completely before the fire accident free of charge. Only the ascent to the tower of the cathedral cost 10 € entry, for EU citizens up to 25 years it was also free of charge. Fridays and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. there was German-speaking tours. On all other days and times you could get on well with one of the Audio guides help. When the cathedral can be visited again and whether the price conditions will change in the future is currently still completely uncertain.

    What happened on April 15 and 16, 2019?

    The Restoration work at Notre-Dame de Paris. The renovation should cost a total of around 150 million euros and is expected to take four years. The renovation of the roof structure and the crossing tower began, as these areas of the cathedral were mostly made of wood (some over 800 years old). For fire protection reasons, there was no electrical installation on the roof structure, but there was a smoke alarm system and temporary lighting for the construction workers.

    At the April 15th A fire was reported in the evening shortly after the workers left the construction site. The fire in the roof structure spread quickly and threatened to take over the entire cathedral. The crossing tower collapsed about two hours later. More than 600 firefighters helped to put out the fire and were able to limit it to the roof structure after four hours and finally extinguish it completely the following day at 6 a.m. Were damaged next to the Crossing tower and the tower clockthat did not survive the fire, the roof structure as well as the vaulted ceiling and walls of the central nave. The interior of the church was preserved, but was damaged by dirt and heat. The walls of the cathedral were also significantly damaged by the heat and debris.

    Millions of people around the world were able to follow the disaster live on TV and on social media such as Twitter and Facebook. What followed was a wave of empathy and willingness to donate. In the meantime, several million euros in donations are said to have been collected, which are to be used for the restoration of Notre-Dame.

    How does it go from here?

    The Paris public prosecutor's office is not assuming a deliberately set fire at the current position of the investigation, but is investigating because of it negligent arson. The scaffolding company involved in the renovation of the cathedral said some workers had disregarded the smoking ban. However, the exact cause of the fire has not yet been clarified. According to estimates by the National Association of Building Economists in France, the damage to Notre-Dame is around 400 to 600 million euros.

    President Macron plans to reopen in 2024

    French President Emmanuel Macron announced in a speech on French television and also on Twitter that Reopening of the cathedral to plan the Olympics in France in 2024. But as much as people around the world want this important cultural asset to be rebuilt as quickly as possible, this plan also seems unlikely at the same time. Philippe Villeneuve, Chief architect for historic buildings in France, was critical of the Le Figaro newspaper. He believes that it is not even certain that the cathedral will not collapse after all. Around 150 workers are currently working on the reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris.

    On the evening of the fire in Notre-Dame, French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted:

    We will rebuild the cathedral. All together. That is a Part of our French destiny. I will work for it: From tomorrow there will be a national list of donations that goes far beyond our national borders.


    An ambitious and promptly followed a day later combative announcement:

    We are that kind of people - we are fighters. We have a lot to do. And yes, we will rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral, even more beautiful than it was before. I wish that our work completed in 5 years will be - we can do it. We will encourage people to do it.

    Paris is still worth a trip!

    The Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the most important landmark and cultural assets of the city, almost entirely fell victim to a major fire in April 2019. But the imposing cathedral is still standing and numerous people are working to make it back to what it once was: a landmark full of peopleHistory, culture and memory. The heart of the city. Whether and when the cathedral will be open to visitors again cannot yet be clearly determined. But I wholeheartedly hope that those of you who do not know her will one day have the opportunity to do so again. Still is France's capital always worth a trip. Finally, there are numerous other sights in Paris, all of which are unique and make the city one of my absolute favorite places!

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