Notre-Dame Cathedral, this universal symbol of Paris and of France, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, has fascinated and inspired pilgrims, visitors, and artists from all over the world.

Inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage, built at the end of the 12th century and restored under the direction of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc and Jean-Baptiste Lassus between 1844 and 1864, it is the most visited monument in Europe.

On 15 April 2019, a violent fire partially destroyed Notre-Dame de Paris. Thanks to the prompt mobilisation by Parisian firefighters, the cathedral was saved.

Since that fateful day, Patrick Zachmann has returned regularly to the construction site of Notre-Dame de Paris. Thanks to his photographs, the security and reinforcement works, the prerequisites for restoring this monument have been documented.

Great buildings like great mountains, are the work of centuries

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