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Archaeological Crypt Reopened in Paris; it is located on the esplanade of Notre-Dame


With an exhibition in homage to Victor Hugo and Eugène Viollet-Le-Duc, two key figures in the revival of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in the 19th century, today the archaeological crypt located under the esplanade of that cathedral reopens.

Closed since the fire in 2019, the archaeological crypt It is the first museum-style site to reopen after the fire of April 15, 2019.

It took more than a year to complete the cleanup and decontamination of the lead dust that permeated the esplanade.

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Visitors will be able to discover the Gallo-Roman remains that occupy the center of the crypt: remains of thermal baths and a wall, a votive monument for the boatmen of Paris, the Pilier des Nautes (boatmen’s pillar), discovered during excavations made during the sixties.

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The exhibition Notre-Dame de Paris, from Victor Hugo to Eugène Viollet-Le-Duc, tells of the restoration in the nineteenth century of an abandoned monument, today admired throughout the world.

Paris-Musées hopes that tourists will return to this museum, which before the fire received 170 thousand visitors a year.

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