Rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris with Laurent Bonneval

Rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris with Laurent Bonneval


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For nearly one thousand years Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris has stood witness to iconic moments of history. From groundbreaking in 1163 to the tragic fire of April 2019, it has stood at the heart of Paris for key moments such as the arrival of the Holy Crown of Thorns in 1239 and the coronation of Emperor Napoleon in 1804. Join a local expert as we take a deep dive into this iconic cathedral's storied history.

Built on the Île de la Cité, an island that once hosted a Roman temple, Notre Dame has undergone several rounds of restoration during the past few centuries. During a tragic accident in April 2019, a fire was sparked in its attics and nearly destroyed the structural integrity of this Gothic behemoth. During the months following this tragedy, more than $1 billion USD were raised to review this classic monument, which is the heartbeat of France. 

Led by a local expert,  Laurent Bonneval, we will examine the narrative timeline of Notre Dame's development, from the first stone laid to the ongoing restoration efforts in 2021. Designed to inspire future travels, our discussion will allow participants the opportunity to examine this beautiful cathedral and ask questions of a local art historian. 

After graduating in law and business, Laurent spent the first twenty years of his career managing international sales for an advertising company. But his passion for art and history took over and he eventually passed a master’s in Art History and the Art Market, as well as obtaining his official license as a “guide-conférencier”. A Parisian for over 25 years now, he has an in-depth knowledge of the city and its treasures. His objective? Making art and history come to life! He loves strolling around the city and its museums tracking the history and meaning of monuments and artworks alike.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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C.F. (Santa Monica, US)
An amazing look and update!

This was a wonderful seminar. Having viewed the fire only from another continent, it was very interesting not only to see more of the history of the Cathedral, but also to learn many of the details of the fire and to see the pictures. It is very encouraging to see the restoration that is ongoing and Laurent Bonneval made it all very interesting and understandable.

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D.B. (Cheyenne, US)
History and reconstruction of Notre Dame

Fascinating review of the history, fire and now reconstruction of Notre Dame

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M. (Seattle, US)
Great Historical and Current summary.

The presenter knows his topic and provided a great overview of the history of Notre Dame and the challenges the restoration faces. He's well informed and had lots of background and facts presented well. It was a bit short. only 60 minutes and that was after about 8 minutes of technical issues at the beginning. Would like to see these closer to 1 hour 15 min and 15 min Q&A.

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Based on 4 reviews
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C.F. (Santa Monica, US)
An amazing look and update!

This was a wonderful seminar. Having viewed the fire only from another continent, it was very interesting not only to see more of the history of the Cathedral, but also to learn many of the details of the fire and to see the pictures. It is very encouraging to see the restoration that is ongoing and Laurent Bonneval made it all very interesting and understandable.

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A. (Porto Alegre, BR)

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D.B. (Cheyenne, US)
History and reconstruction of Notre Dame

Fascinating review of the history, fire and now reconstruction of Notre Dame

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M. (Seattle, US)
Great Historical and Current summary.

The presenter knows his topic and provided a great overview of the history of Notre Dame and the challenges the restoration faces. He's well informed and had lots of background and facts presented well. It was a bit short. only 60 minutes and that was after about 8 minutes of technical issues at the beginning. Would like to see these closer to 1 hour 15 min and 15 min Q&A.