• Director(s):

    BLANCHARD (EMMANUEL)

  • Producer(s):

    FRANCE 2, PROGRAM 33

  • Territories:

    Worldwide.

  • Production year:

    2020

  • Language(s):

    English, French

  • Rights:

    TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

In the 13th century, when the construction of Notre-Dame de Paris had just been completed, its builders had to push themselves even further: the new cathedrals that were springing up all over Europe offered them new grandiose technical challenges and competition. 

Hundreds of men and women put in countless hours to embellish Notre-Dame de Paris and enable this jewel of stone, wood, iron and glass to stand the test of time. For her trials were not over: she would have to face wars, revolutions and, above all, the ravages of time. In the 19th century, two men in particular have made the cathedral more relevant than ever: Victor Hugo magnified it in his novel Notre-Dame de Paris, and the architect Viollet-Le-Duc thoroughly restored it. His passion for the cathedral brought it back to life. Thanks to him, Notre-Dame became the beating heart of Paris, once again.