Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, is pleased that the National Commission for Heritage and Architecture, meeting on December 9, 2021, has delivered its opinion on the liturgical planning of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris proposed by the diocese.

This opinion is generally favourable to the proposed guidelines, with certain reservations.

Presented by the diocese, which provides funding and project management, this program is based on:

- the preservation of all the movable objects present in the cathedral before the fire, or 2,000 movable objects preserved and fortunately saved thanks to the safeguarding operations;

- their renewed disposition within the cathedral;

- and recourse to artistic creation for the new components of the liturgical axis and the new works provided for in the chapels.

Only these broad guidelines at this stage have been examined by the Commission. The selection of artwork and furniture design is still to come and will be carefully monitored by the Ministry of Culture in charge of historical monuments and artistic creation. The interior and exterior architecture will be restored, respecting its integrity.

It is now up to the diocesan association and the public institution in charge of the conservation and restoration of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris to work closely together to detail and finalize the project as a whole.

In order to guarantee the quality of the restoration of the cathedral, the law «Notre-Dame» of July 29, 2019 expressly provides that the National Commission of Heritage and Architecture is regularly consulted on the progress of studies and works.

This body has already met four times, notably to confirm the party of restoration of the building in its state «Viollet-le-Duc». It will again be consulted on the layout of the surroundings of the cathedral, on the fire protection works and on the final project selected in fine for the liturgical arrangement.

 

 

 

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December 9, 2021 Session Summary

National Heritage and Architecture Commission

 

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. under the chairmanship of Mr. Albéric de Montgolfier, President of the Commission nationale du patrimoine et de l'architecture. The meeting is closed at 1:30 p.m. It is devoted to the examination of the liturgical planning of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris proposed by the diocese.

The National Commission for Heritage and Architecture examined the liturgical programme of Notre-Dame de Paris presented by the diocese, which is based on the conservation of all the movable objects present in the cathedral before the fire, on their renewed disposition within the cathedral and on the use of artistic creation for the liturgical axis, for the seats and for the new works provided for in the chapels.

It agreed on the following nine resolutions:

  1. The Commission wishes, for reasons of coherence and artistic ambition, that the design of the elements of the central liturgical axis (baptistery, ambon, altar and tabernacle) be entrusted, after a consultation, to the same creator (designer) and that the project be submitted to him.
  2. The Commission requests that the statues of saints be kept on the altars of the chapels of the nave.
  3. The Commission validates the arrangement of the Mays in the transept, the chapels of the nave and the chapels of the choir.
  4. The Commission approves the grouping of the altar decorations of the coronation of Napoleon and the altar of Viollet-le-Duc.
  5. The Commission approves the move to the galleries of certain denominations of the chapels of the nave and the keeping of four of them in the chapels.
  6. The Commission requests that the implantation of the cross of Napoleon III in the ambulatory of the choir be re-examined and submitted to him.
  7. The Commission requests, for reasons of conservation of the monument, that the place of devotion desired in the choir not be located at the location of the marble mosaic floor of the XVIIIe century.
  8. The Commission is very reserved with regard to the benches submitted and asks that their design be re-examined in such a way as to lighten their design. She asked that the design of these benches as well as that of the seats of the clergy be entrusted, after a consultation, to the same creator (designer) and that the project be submitted to her.
  9. The Commission would like the Chief Architects of Historical Monuments to study the interior and exterior access to the Soufflot Crypt and submit the project to the Commission.