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Notre-Dame will reopen in December 2024

Notre Dame Cathedral

Five years after the devastating fire, it has now been confirmed that Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris will be open to visitors again on December 16, 2024.

The fire inferno that struck the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in April 2019 shook not only France, but the entire world. The fire triggered an international wave of willingness to help.

Thanks to generous donations of 854 million euros (the equivalent of 830 million francs), it was possible to rebuild the cathedral identically using original materials.

Now the details of the upcoming reopening have been finalized, as reported by " Travel Weekly ". The cathedral will be ceremoniously inaugurated on December 7, 2024. One day later, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the first mass will be held in the restored cathedral.

From December 10 to 15, 2024, Notre-Dame will be accessible every afternoon, but exclusively to people involved in the restoration, as Olivier Josse, Secretary General of the Cathedral, announced at the France Travel Market.

Regular operations begin on December 16th. From this day onwards, Notre-Dame Cathedral will be open to all visitors again every day from 7:45 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Admission is free, but there is a limit of 25 people for groups. Additionally, groups must use mandatory audio guides during their visit. Group access is not permitted during church services or on Saturday afternoons and Sundays.

Before the fire, between ten and eleven million people visited the cathedral every year, reports Olivier Josse. After the reopening, he predicts that the number of visitors will reach up to 15 million per year, which corresponds to around 40,000 people per day. Such numbers of visitors represent a challenge, he stresses.


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