Resetting the Clock

What does it mean to rebuild Notre-Dame?

‘The city of lovers / Is glowing this evening’: view from the roof of Notre-Dame, 1961. Photo by Gunter R Reitz/Michael Ochs Archives © Getty Images

In the weeks and months that followed Notre-Dame’s fire on 15 April 2019, people have tried to grapple with the loss. Not just of the physical building, of course, but also the loss of the history. Notre-Dame was – and is – a physical timeline of the city and the fire burned through a material history that cannot be replaced.

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