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In 1844, after the enormous success of Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, the government of King Louis Philippe I decided to restore the Cathedral and build a new sacristy. Two architects were chosen for this endeavor: Eugène Viollet-le-Duc and Jean-Baptiste Lassus. Viollet-le-Duc is the most remembered, probably because he finished the restauration alone after the death of Lassus in 1857.

Construction history of the Notre-Dame de Paris

A 1840s daguerreotype by Charles Philippon, made available by Europeana Collections.

Image source. Europeana Collections.

Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc (1814 – 1879) was a French architect and author who restored many pro...

Eugène Viollet-le-Duc on Wikipedia

Eugène Viollet-le-Duc on the Notre-Dame de Paris website (French)

The video below (in French) goes a little bit more in depth about Viollet-le-Duc and his restauration of the Notre-Dame de Paris:
Notre-Dame de Paris
Comment Viollet-le-Duc a-t-il transformé Notre-Dame de Paris ? | Archive INA



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Published in 22/04/2019

Updated in 19/02/2021

All events in the topic Architecture:

01/01/184431/05/1864Major restorationMajor restoration
15/04/2019 • 18:20:0016/04/2019 • 08:30:00Fire
19/05/1182Consecration of the master altarConsecration of the master altar
01/01/199001/01/1992Restoration of the great organRestoration of the great organ
01/01/1260Construction of the South RoseConstruction of the South Rose
01/01/1250Construction of the North RoseConstruction of the North Rose
01/01/1225Construction of the West RoseConstruction of the West Rose
01/01/1250Construction of the first spireConstruction of the first spire
01/01/178601/01/1792The first spire was dismantled
15/04/2019 • 19:53:00The spire collapsed under the fire