Archaeological Crypt of Notre-Dame

  • Inside view of the Archaeological Crypt of Notre-Dame, picture by Pierre Antoine
  • Inside view of the Archaeological Crypt of Notre-Dame, picture by Pierre Antoine

Established in 1980 under the parvis of the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris in order to present the archaeological vestiges discovered during excavations performed between 1965 and 1972, the Crypt offers a unique panorama of the urban and architectural evolution of the Ile de la Cite, the historical heart of Paris. Visitors travel back through time and discover buildings that were built one after another on this site, from ancient times through the 20th century. Reviving the memory of one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Paris, the Crypt shows how the city has continually reconstructed itself, in layers, for over two thousand years. In 2012, the museography of the Archaeological Crypt of the Parvis of Notre-Dame was completely revamped.

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