European Heritage Days 2021 at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral

Published by Graziella L. · Photos by Laurent P. · Updated on 15 September 2021 at 11h38 · Published on 15 September 2021 at 11h38
For the 38th European Heritage Days, on Saturday September 18, and Sunday 19, 2021 the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral offers several entertainments about the different jobs taking part in the renovations.

Although Notre-Dame de Paris is still closed because of the fire that damaged it in April 2019, these European Heritage Days are the occasion for this great and beautiful lady to expect you all for entertainments provided on Saturday September 18 and 19, 2021.

On the menu of the 38th edition of the event, exclusive tours are held in the job village in front of the cathedral, all weekend long. Dive into the heart of the consolidation and securing worksite of Notre-Dame de Paris and discover the different trades working there in a tour enabling you to move around four areas and many stands.

European Heritage Days at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral:

  • Structural works areaSaturday September 18 and Sunday 19, 2021

Area hosted by scaffolders, steeplejacks and carpenter. Exclusive contents (texts, pictures and videos) will enable you to discover these trades and the main operations of the consolidation and securing works they have taken part in, including the deconstruction of the scaffolding, the removal of the remnants of the upper surface of the vaults’ wings, and the fitting of wooden hangers under the flying buttress and the most fragilized vaults.
Demonstration of what is a scaffolder by fully carrying out a scaffolding structure shaped as a gazebo on which the public can climb up and (re)discover pictures of the cathedral.
Demonstration of what is a carpenter through the hoisting of a wooden half-hanger with an innovative hydraulic cylinder system enabling a progressive and sharp hoisting, following by the assembly of the semi-hanger.
Introduction hanging techniques enabling to simulate a descent on foot of the cathedral’s bundles.

  • Art position areaSaturday September 18 and Sunday 19, 2021

Area hosted by organ specialists, mural painting renovators, stone and metal carving renovators (boilermaker-copperware artisans and patina artisans). Exclusive contents (texts, photos, and videos) will enable you to discover the main operations of the consolidation and securing works these trades have participated in, including the installation of the main organ, the cleaning and renovation test-worksite carried out in two of the twenty-four chapels the cathedral features, and the renovation of the sixteen statues of the spire.
Meet with organ specialists who took part in the installation of the main organ, that occurred from August to December 2020.
Meet with mural painting renovators who took part in the cleaning and renovation test-worksite carried out in two of the twenty-four chapels from September 2020 to April 2021.
Meet with sculptor renovators who took part in the cleaning and renovation test-worksite carried out in two of the twenty-four chapels from September 2020 to April 2021 and worked for renovating the sixteen statues of the spire, started before the fire and carried out by the Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Ile-de-France (DRAC IdF – or Ile-de-France Cultural Affairs Regional Board).
Boilermaking and patina demonstration: introduction to the working method that was used to give the sixteen statues of the spire their original look back.

  • Project owner and project management areaSaturday September 18 and Sunday 19, 2021

Visitors and donors can chat with representatives of the different positions of the public establishment, project owner (engineers, lawyers, financial managers, staff entrusted with promoting the worksite and trades and relationships with donors) and project management (head architects of the historic buildings, heritage architect) about their jobs and own missions to the service of the site.

  • Research position areaSaturday September 18 and Sunday 19, 2021

Stand hosted by searchers working for the cathedral.
Meet with searchers, scientists and archeologists from 8 workgroups who will present what they do for the cathedral securing and to the service of a batter knowledge about the building.
Meet with architects from the DRAC IdF and the Inrap (National Institute for Preventive Archeological Research) who will present their trades, the operations they took part in the cathedral securing site, as well as techniques used.
Reconstruction workshop of a cross springer collapsed after the fire. Based on a 3D impression of 80 1/10 keystones visitors can on their own or in pairs – supported by scientists – recreate the nave cross springer puzzle. This workshop is animated by members of the LRMH (Historic Monument Research Laboratory) and the DRAC IdF, a stone carving group and a work group focusing on digital data.
Demonstration of a geophysical prospection carried out by Inrap archeologists working to accompany the cathedral renovation project. This technology leads to a non-destructive search of the archeological vestiges and find unknown cavities and stonework.

And to extend the day, the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine invites you for a premiere: “Notre-Dame de Paris, l’exposition augementé”. A virtual immersion in the story of the cathedral and the current renovation site displayed at the Dubai World’s Fair in October, from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. all weekend long.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 18 September 2021 to 19 September 2021

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    Location

    Cathédrale Notre-Dame
    75004 Paris 4

    Access
    commun Métro - RER :
    - Cité (4)
    - Saint Michel - Notre-Dame (B,C)
    - Hôtel de Ville (1,11)
    - Maubert-Mutualité / Cluny - La Sorbonne (10)
    - Châtelet - Les Halles (7,14,A,D)

    Prices
    Free

    Official website
    www.notredamedeparis.fr

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