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Notre-Dame de Paris
 
Notre-Dame, october 2010 ...
 
Notre-Dame de Paris
 
... Avril 15, 2019 ...
 
Notre-Dame Cathedral – over 850 years old – was ravaged by fire,  exactly a year ago , in front of our horrified eyes.

Suddenly, four days after the removal for restoration of the statues of the apostles located around the spire drawn by Viollet-Le-Duc, fire started in this epicenter formed by the scaffolding. The spire, like a pyre, collapsed. The cathedral choir and nave were ablaze, and the lead roof covering melted in sulfur-colored fumes. The frame burned, and the stained glass windows exploded in an apocalyptic spectacle.

Miraculously, the cathedral resisted, with the courage and technical excellence of the Parisian firefighters.

Didier DURAND, CIO of  PIERRENOEL Company , then asked me to follow the consolidation work on the cathedral.

This report in the heart of Notre-Dame was very painful, and of course bringing hope. I was very proud too. I cannot help now going to contemplate it as often as possible ...…
 
... Avril 15, 2020
 
 
 
The vault of Notre-Dame
and the holes in the vault
caused by the fall of the spire
 
 
 
The removal of the statues
on the gables weakened
by the fire
Above the vault, the frame
(called the «burnt forest»),
with 300 tonnes of scaffolding
melted and covered with lead
which remains to be removed
by the rope access technicians
 
Notre-Dame de Paris Notre-Dame de Paris Notre-Dame de Paris
 
 
The guardian angel, north gallery
The installation of the last hanger
to support the flying buttress
 
Notre-Dame in her bandages
 
Notre-Dame de Paris Notre-Dame de Paris Notre-Dame de Paris

 


De ma fenêtre
 
With the confinement imposed by the pandemic, Paris appears in its minerality, a supernatural vision !
 
  Notre-Dame, quai Montebello
 
  Rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5°
 
  Le café Ronsard, place Maubert
 
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  Place Maubert, bd Saint-Germain
 
  Rue Clovis
 
  Place de la Contrescarpe
 
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  Métro Saint-Michel
 
  Place de la Sorbonne
 
  Place du Panthéon
 
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Paris is deserted by Parisians and tourists. Its metamorphosis impresses me with its monuments and its streets empty of life, here of the right bank. Only the closed parks and gardens show a fabulous spring without pollution, flourishing trees and animals in freedom …


The pyramid of the Louvre,
one of the 2 entries of the museum
(9,6 million visitors in 2019)
 



The Triumphal Arch
of the Carrousel
 
The Triumphal Arch of the Carrousel,
the Place de la Concorde,
the Triumphal Arch of Place de l'Étoile
and the Great Arch:
Royal Axis on the same perspective
 
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The Tuileries Garden
the oldest "jardin à la française",
designed by André le Nôtre
at the request of Louis XIV
 



Avenue des Champs Élysées
 



Place de la Concorde
 
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Place de la Concorde,
côté Rue Royale
 

Place Vendôme
 

Place de l'Opéra
 
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Palace of Versailles
 
Photographic report at the Palace of Versailles in December 2019
 
Château de Versailles
 
 
 
 
… of the Queen's bedchamber, the Nobles’ Room and the Coronation Room after restoration by  Atelier ARCOA  and  Atelier MÉRIGUET-CARRÈRE .
 
The Queen's Bedchamber :
 
The Queen's Bedchamber The Queen's Bedchamber The Queen's Bedchamber
 
The Nobles’ Room :
The Nobles’ Room The Nobles’ Room The Nobles’ Room
 
The Coronation Room :
The Coronation Room The Coronation Room The Coronation Room

 
 
 
 
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