8th September 2020: Notre-Dame crypt has reopened with an exhibition 18 months after the horrific fire.
According to the report of Baaghi TV, the archaeological crypt of Notre-Dame reopens on Wednesday with an exhibition retracing the cathedral’s turbulent history nearly 18 months after it was ravaged by fire.
The blaze in April 2019 toppled the spire of the cathedral and destroyed much of the roof of what is one of France’s most cherished national treasures.
The exhibition pays homage to French writer Victor Hugo and the architect Eugene Viollet-Le-Duc, the two men behind the resurrection of the cathedral in the 19th century.
The crypt which is situated below the square in front of the cathedral contains the remains of fortifications and thermal baths, had to be cleaned of lead dust that took more than a year before the visitors could be allowed back in.
The exhibition pays homage to the French writer Victor Hugo’s novel ‘Hunchback Of Notre-Dame’, written in 1831.
Vincent Gille, a curator at the Victor Hugo Museum in Paris said, “The exhibition starts with how the cathedral looked at the time when the novel was published.”
He added pointing to several of Hugo’s sketches that it was a frightfully forbidden and dangerous building which bore no resemblance to a radiant and shining cathedral.
The exhibition consisted mostly of photographs, drawings, paintings, and film excerpts illustrating the world’s fascination with the cathedral.
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