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Rebuilding Notre-Dame

April, 15th 2019. On this day, fire ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral, in the core of Paris. Today, it has given place to a huge archaeological site, gathering more than 200 experts and historians alongside architects in charge of its restoration.


They all share one goal: to unlock the secrets of this marvelous cathedral’s structure, as to revive its soul, its light and its sacredness. But how can you restore a monument when craftsmanship that presided over its construction is long gone? How to reconcile scientific research with the urgency of a highly symbolic project?


Thanks to cutting-edge science, including a 3D digital model, researchers will be able to decipher the last secrets of Notre-Dame’s construction and rewrite its history - in order to save it. A unique immersion in the largest restoration project of the century.


  • Episode 1: A House of Stone
  • Episode 2: A House of Cards
  • Episode 3: The Heart of a Cathedral

Direction: Vincent Amouroux

Production: ZED for ARTE France & NHK, with the participation of CNRS Images, of INRAP, the Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine, FTV PRIMA, PLANÈTE +, RADIO-CANADA, RSI, and l'Etablissement public chargé de la conservation et de la restauration de la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

With the support of the CNC, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, and the PROCIREP / ANGOA


Selected at the Sunny Side 2021 history pitch session

Selected for the Super Highlights of le Rendez-vous de Biarritz 2021

Languages: French, English

awards & festivals

  • Amiens Archaeology Film Festival

    Official Selection

  • Les Rencontres Archéologiques de la Narbonnaise

    Prix des Lycéens

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