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Rebuilding Notre-Dame

April, 15th 2020. 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, INRAP, Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine and the Etablissement public chargé de la conservation et de la restauration de la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.


Selected at the Sunny Side 2021 history pitch session

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

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