Spiritual, living cathedral

Night shows

Everyday but mondays at 9:30pm in July and August 2012

Notre-Dame de Paris has regularly welcomed thousands of visitors from the world over for Night Shows. These shows are operas composed of sounds and images and are projected on a transparent tulle screen measuring over 100 square meters hanging in the nave. These Night Shows are free of charge.


The spectacle of images projected on to this transparent fabric is staggering. The film floats in the center of the building without blocking visibility. The effect is halting, as if witnessing an apparition. It is a rare chance to absorb the cathedral’s spirit at nightfall, a magical time when Notre-Dame is closed to the public. Télérama

Projections take place in the evening, at a special moment when the cathedral rediscovers its calm and fascinating silence...

The projections are for children and adults alike. Entrance is free and during the projection, you can (if you wish) contribute what you would like towards costs in order to help us guarantee that these Night Services can continue.

The schedule of Night Services is available on the agenda. For more information: 01 42 34 56 10.



- Every day in July and August at 9:30pm. 10:30pm on August, 14th.
- Every day in September at 9pm (except Friday and 15th).
- Every Thursday and Saturday in October at 9pm

This summer, from July to October, Notre-Dame’s Night Services present the film "Notre-Dame de Paris, living cathedral."

Free admission, donations accepted.

This hour-long film offers an introduction to the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic art, but above all "the House of the Lord and the dwelling-place of Man."

We take a look at the 850-year history of the cathedral, from its construction in the Middle Ages through to the present day, its worldwide reputation and influence, as well as providing a more detailed insight into the architecture and the building techniques employed, its facades, portals, rose windows, wooden framework, the great bell, the organs, the music of the cathedral, the pure beauty of the liturgical ceremonies held there, and much more. The video includes exceptional views of the cathedral and 3D reconstructions.

"Notre-Dame de Paris, living cathedral" is a film co-produced by Notre-Dame de Paris and A Travers Production.


Image opera: REJOICE, MARY

- Every Thursday and Saturday in May at 9pm (except May, 26th)
- Every Thursday and Saturday in June at 9pm (except June, 11th)

In May and June, the Notre-Dame Night Services will project the image opera REJOICE, MARY.
Free admission, donations accepted.

Discover some of the greatest masterpieces of art, accompanied by the singing of the hymn to the Virgin Mary: The Akathist Hymn. This hymn is one of the Byzantine tradition’s greatest and most famous prayers to the Virgin. This literary and theological masterpiece from the 7th century presents the Church’s universal and common faith in the Mother of God. The Byzantine liturgical song, the music of Josquin des Près and Monterverdi, and texts by Paul Claudel highlight this hymn’s joy, peace and grace. This hour-long projection is accompanied by the beauty of Eastern and Western Christianity’s greatest works of art, set off against the prestigious setting of Notre Dame de Paris.

Rejoice, Mary is an image opera directed and produced by Jean-Michel Mahenc.

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L’écran de tulle de plus de 100 mètres carrés tendu dans les transepts de la cathédrale


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