Fly a drone around Notre Dame?

Photo: Tomas van Houtryve

The massive blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral in 2019 devastated one of the most notable monuments in Paris, placing it at the heart of the national conversation in France in a way that had not been seen since Victor Hugo wrote The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the 19th century.

The 850-year-old monument is a symbol of French heritage dating back to the Middle Ages. Tomas Van Houtryve, a Belgian-American photographer, artist and film-maker,  says the blaze and reconstruction created a new sense of appreciation for the cathedral.

“You can’t take anything for granted,” says van Houtryve. “You always have to work on preserving and protecting and cherishing what’s important around you.”

New virtual reality exhibition of Notre Dame

Inside Notre Dame
Photo: Orange Emissive

From Saturday, January 15th of 2022 the exhibition will allow people to engage with the site in an entirely new way, through virtual reality.

For €30 visitors to the Espace Grande Arche de la Défense just outside of Paris can enter the exhibition space, put on a VR headset and experience some 800 years of history – from the 12th Century to the present day. This journey through time takes around 40-45 minutes. English-language narration is also provided.