Thursday, December 15, 2022

A New Documentary about the Restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris

Yesterday evening, the PBS program Nova aired this new documentary about the ongoing restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris, after the terrible fire which damaged the church so badly in April of 2019. It looks at many different aspects of the project, from the harvesting of trees to replace the roof, to some new discoveries about how the roof was originally built, and the replacement of parts of the famous stained-glass windows. Similar to the restoration of Chartres cathedral (which of course took place under much happier circumstances), we also see a bit of what the interior walls will look like when they are fully cleaned.

And for those who speak French, a friend informs about a program recently aired on Radio France which talks about the rediscovery of some parts of the church’s ancient rood screen, which was removed at the beginning of the 18th century.

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