A brief summary of the State of preservation of Notre Dame Cathedral

Legal & historical framework

The Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris was built between 1163 & 1345. From its origins, it has been a high place of Christitanity.

It was saved by a large restoration campaign during the 19th century, led by the architect Viollet-le-Duc, following the publication of Victor Hugo's novel: the Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

According to the French law of 1905, the Cathedral is: property of the French State; exclusively dedicated to the Roman Catholic cult; the entrance is totally free of charge.

It is Classi Ed under the regime of historical monuments.

As owner and consequently as project manager, the Ministry of culture is leading the maintenance, repairs and renovation works of the building. No work can be conducted without the agreement of the State. The works are expected to be, in the future, nanced by private donors.

A high place of Christianity

14 million visitors per year.

The Crown of thorns is kept and shown to the public for veneration the RST Friday of each month.

Its Treasury is the most precious one in the whole country thanks to the donations of the Kings of France during the 19th century.

The great organ is the most famous in the world with its 8,000 pipes.

Music has always been an integral part of the Cathedral. The Association of sacred music at Notre-Dame de Paris is a school of vocal arts charged with the responsibility of coordinating all musical activities at the Notre-Dame Cathedral. With 1,000 Sung services every year & 50 concerts in the nave, the 100 singers of the Cathedral Choir are very well coached.

Light a candle at Notre-Dame