Culture & Civic Life
French Heritage Society
The French Heritage Society is an American organization committed to restoring, preserving, and promoting French architectural and cultural herita...
Located on a small island called the Île de la Cité in the middle of the River Seine in Paris, the Cathedral holds countless displays of artwork, furniture, and treasured items. Notre-Dame is considered one of the most widely recognized symbols of Paris and the French Nation.
On April 15, 2019, a fire broke out under the eaves of Notre-Dame's roof. Firefighters controlled the fire saving the main structure, including the bell towers and rose window. Firefighters also salvaged countless Catholic relics and priceless works of art. Still, the fire engulfed the spire and most of the roof, leaving the Cathedral with significant damage.
After the fire, Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris, founded in 2017 to support the restoration and preservation of Notre-Dame Cathedral, escalated their mission and priorities to rebuild this jewel of French Gothic architecture and restore the treasured artifacts and Cathedral to her original splendor. Rebuilding efforts continue today to ensure Notre-Dame will remain a beautiful safe space for generations of visitors to experience and enjoy.
General Operating Support, Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris